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Biblical Principles on How to Treat Others

Updated on October 14, 2019
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Angela first knew of Jesus as a child but did not walk with him until she was an adult. She now hopes to share the Good News with the world.


Everyone has heard the Golden Rule: "Do unto others, as you want to be done unto yourself?" It's an old theme, but one of the greatest lessons we can ever learn. Despite this universal truth, too often, we recite the words right, but we use it in the wrong contexts. Most of us treat the verse as if it said, "Don't do unto others, as you don't want to be done to yourself." For instance, you may scold your child for teasing her brother, "Would you want him to pick on you like that?" "No." "Well, you should do unto others, as you want to be done unto yourself." Although that is excellent teaching, it's passive. In order to treat others the way we want to be treated, we must be active. If we see a man who is hungry, in their shoes, would we want to be given a sandwich? Or someone you know seems withdrawn, would we want someone to reach out to us if we felt that way? The truth is, if we're going to live as Jesus did, then we need to put that verse into action!

"Do to others as you would have them do to you."

— Luke 6:31

An Active Verse

In order to put this verse into action, we need to step out of our comfort zone and help others. It's kind of like when a teller makes a mistake. Just because we don't scream at the teller who gives us 20 dollars instead of 200 dollars doesn't make us a good person. How would we want to be treated when we make a mistake. Would we want to be treated with patience, understanding, love? Face it, we all have made a mistake in our jobs, and some of us have made huge mistakes. How would you like to be treated? I think, in a way, it goes back to the saying from the nineties, "What would Jesus Do?"


"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,"

— Philippians 2:3

Act Out What You Want

By becoming active, we need to look inside ourselves. What are some blessings that you are capable of giving to others that you wish you had? Has God been providing these blessings? Do you try to bless others in this way? When you see someone struggling either emotionally or physically, do you help? If you were that person, would you want help? These are things we need to ask ourselves. Should we expect others to assist us financially if we have never helped others? Should we expect a friend to be there for us if we are not there for them?

We are a society of me-me-me! We often think of the injustices of our own lives, yet ignore those around us who are often in greater need than ourselves. For instance, if you are reading this, you have the Internet, or the ability to access it. How many people don't, because they can't afford a computer, transportation to the library, etc. We worry about how we are going to pay our bills, but what are they: necessities or wants. Many people go without the most basic necessities that we are capable of giving. We need to become proactive in our lives.

"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."

— 2 Corinthians 9:6

Pay It Forward

It seems funny to me that one of the most excellent examples of this is a secular theme, yet Christians often will pride themselves on their giving ways. Too often, those who don't know Christ and His ways can exemplify this concept much better than many Christians. The bottom line is pride.

The philosophy was very well put in the movie, Pay It Forward. We should be paying it forward because the moment we begin to pay it forward, we are building up treasures in heaven. Recently an article in a magazine talked about this lady who spends every morning packing hundreds of home-made lunches. She takes these lunches around her town where the homeless live, and hand delivers them a sack lunch. For many of these people, this is the only meal they get all day. Not only does she give them a meal, she often hugs them and listens to them. Wow, what a fantastic Christian example, yet I don't know if she is a believer or not. Still, this is what Christians should aspire to be servants of God's people. God's people are not just other Christians, but every single human He created!

There are hundreds of ways we can do stuff just like that, but are so involved in ourselves, that we forget to store our treasures in heaven, and bless others.

They say 20 percent of the church, does 80 percent of the work, and 80 percent of the church does 20 percent of the work. Which category do you fall?

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Practical Ways to Live This Out

  • Pay for the person's meal in line behind us at a fast food place
  • Donate your old clothes to a homeless shelter
  • Buy shampoo, soap, etc. for homeless shelters and women's shelters
  • Give canned goods for a can drive
  • Give money to a charity you believe in
  • Volunteer your time at a place you respect
  • Send a friend whose needing food or supplies a package from (grocery store online)
  • Get involved in a church ministry
  • Get Involved in the Numerous Holiday Missions during Christmas time!

"But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing."

— James 1:22-25

Don't Be Hypocritical

God says, "Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt. That's what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart" (Matthew 18:34-35). So many times, non-Christians are turned off by the Christian faith, because of our hypocrisy. We preach forgiveness, love, nonjudgment, kindness, yet we don't live these out.

They see us gossip about how this person does this or that, and yet we do the same or similar thing. We must act the part of who we want to portray. And to think about not just what we shouldn't do, but what we should do? Is there something you feel called to do? Someone who needs help, that if you were in the same situation, you too would want someone to help you?

So I pray, "Dear Lord, open our eyes to the needs that we are capable of fulfilling in others. Help us be judges of ourselves and not of others. Guide us, teach us, and thank you so much for loving and forgiving us. In Jesus Name, Amen."

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      9 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading!

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      Kathy Henderson 

      9 years ago from Pa

      Amen :)

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      10 years ago from United States

      I truly believe this is the basis of being the Christian God intended us to be. :)

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      Art Wartenbe 

      10 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

      Seven months ago you wrote this hub and it will be timeless for readers. Just as I have read it. I commend you for writing about the Golden Rule. Thank you for creating this hub. I am a believer and my philosophy is 1. Love and respect One God almighty the (Creator of all) and Love thy neighbor as you would want to be loved. These are important rules in this life and should be taught to every human being. Again thank you for creating this hub. Be blessed ! Art

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      I thought it was very true Dallas. It's funny how complicated we make life. I need to find a hard copy of it, so I can keep it near me as a little reminder.

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      11 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I was made aware of it during the process of obtaining a teaching credential.. It is not mine... I wish I knew who wrote it. I saved it because it is true. We/I tend to make life complicated.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      That was really precious. Did you write that, or did you copy that from a text you read yourself. :) I think I've heard something similar to that.

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 

      11 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      As a preacher's kid, (PK) I hated going to church. Everyone "told on me." Notwithstanding that, I hold dear to the Golden Rule. It is simple in practice, but profound in its implications and magic performed. It is like everything I learned,I learned in Kindergarten.

      These are the things I learned:

      Share everything.

      Play fair.

      Don't hit people.

      Put things back where you found them.

      Clean up your own mess.

      Don't take things that aren't yours.

      Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

      Wash your hands before you eat.


      Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

      Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

      Take a nap every afternoon.

      When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

      Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

      Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

      And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      TTanglewood, I had never really thought about the benefits to a business, that is a really good point.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      You are definitely right Dave Matthews, your comments always add even further truths to my hubs, tanks for sharing!

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Maximum A, that is really true words. I really like that quote. I had never heard it before. :) Thanks for sharing!

    • TTanglewood profile image


      11 years ago

      Not only great advice for living, but great advice for business. The golden rule and the pay it forward concept when applied to entrepreneurship can create significant opportunities for organizations.

      In my own experience, the more I step out and assist others, the more I find myself being provided with opportunities for my own enterprise to grow. Success is not a zero sum proposition. As I help others to be successful, so too do I achieve success for myself.

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      Dave Mathews 

      11 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Angela_Michelle: Your words; "Jesus died for our sins because He knew that if He were a sinner He would want to be forgiven." Jesus also knew that because mankind was given "Free Will" a freedom to choose, it was inevitable that man would also at times choose to sin, either willingly or out of necessesity, or out of temptation, for the world was in the hands of satan the prince of darkness, the liar,thief,and murderer, until Jesus could make His final stand against satan.

      Brother Dave.

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      Maximum A 

      11 years ago

      This really reminds people to give and be kind to others. One of my favorite quotations is by Albert Pine: What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.

      We only have one life to live so let's make sure to use it to make the world a better place.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      Bayoulady, Yes, agreed, it's better to store your treasures in heaven then here on earth. :)

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      I agree dahoglund. My pastor actually talked about this a few weeks ago, and I thought it was very insightful, so I decided to write my own version of the topic.

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      11 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I like your prayer! Lord open our eyes! It IS more blessed to give than to receive, Not just material things; but giving compassion, understanding, tolerance and encouragement.After all, that is what WE need,right?

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      A good reminder of what we should be doing in life.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      ecoggins, that is a very good point. :) Interesting, I never knew about the three versions of the hub. ;) Thank you for sharing.

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      11 years ago from Corona, California

      There seems to be three variations to the Golden Rule taught around the world. "Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you" (taught in some forms of Buddhism and Hinduism); "Do to others what you would have them do to you" (the Golden Rule); and "Do to others what they would have you do to them" (referred to by some as the Platinum rule). The first sounds like the Golden rule but falls short in that it only goes so far. Jesus taught the second, the Golden Rule, but practiced the Platinum rule which reaches out sacrificially to others without thinking about reciprocation.

    • angela_michelle profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      11 years ago from United States

      I believe to often we read our bible, but don't put the words into action.

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      11 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & useful! very impressive and informational--

      words we need to live and not just 'say'...


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