Principles of the Golden Rule
The golden rule of human relations is the guiding principles for human behaviour which the Lord Jesus Christ commanded everybody to observe. Applying the principles of the golden rule in our dealings with one another is the pathway to a better society. In the scripture, the Lord commands us as follows: “Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the law and the prophets,” (Matt 7:12).
The principles of the golden rule can be listed as follows:
- Treat people the way you would want others to treat you.
- Treat other people’s children the way you would want others to treat your own children. Do not oppress another person’s child because you won’t like anybody to oppress your child.
- Treat another person’s spouse the way you would want others to treat your own spouse.
- You women, treat your mother- in-law the way you would want your daughter —in-law to treat you. You may also be a mother —in-law sooner or later,
- You mother, treat your daughter- in law the way you would want your daughter to be treated by her own mother-in-law,
- You boss, treat your subordinates the way you would want your own boss to treat you.
- You subordinates, treat your boss the way you would want your own subordinates to treat you. You may also be a boss sooner or later.
- You lecturer, treat your students the way you would want your children to be treated by their own lecturers, or the way you want your own lecturers to treat you. Your own children may be students somewhere and you may also be a student somewhere.
- You seller, tell the buyer the truth the way you would want other sellers to tell you. You may be a buyer, sooner or later.
- Do not sell fake, adulterated or expired products to buyers because you yourself would not like to consume such products.
- Do not exploit others in any situation because you would not like others to exploit You,
- Do not tell lies against others because you would not like others to tell lies against you. Do not make false allegation against another person because you won’t like anybody to do so against you.
- Do not oppress or victimize anybody because you would not like anybody to treat you so.
- Do not maltreat anybody because you would not like anybody to maltreat you.
- Do not encroach into another person’s land or property because you won’t like anybody to encroach into your land or property.
- You normally expect acknowledgment and appreciation when you do a favour to somebody. Similarly, when God do you a favour by giving you a particular position, you should acknowledge and appreciate God by serving Him and doing His will in that position, instead of using the position to oppress, suppress and victimize others. Do not suppress or sabotage the progress of another person because you won’t like anybody to undermine your progress.
- You student, God has done you a special favour by giving you admission into an educational institution. You should appreciate God’s favour by serving him with all your heart and mind, and by living a good life instead of living a sinful life and committing atrocities.
- You student, do not live a rough life. The type of life you live will certainly shape your destiny. The way you go about your studies will determine your academic success or failure, because whatever you sow, you shall reap (Gal. 6:7). As you make your bed, so you will lie on it. Be wise. Make friends with only those who will build your life, and avoid those who will destroy your life.
- You student, when you leave your parents’ house and live in the campus, behave the way you would want your children to behave on campus, because sooner or later, you too will become a father or mother.
- Students and lecturers should appreciate one another because without students there will be no lecturers, and without lecturers there will be no students.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
The golden rule means that “whatsoever you sow, you must reap” (Gal. 6.7). When you plant evil you reap calamity (Hosea 10:13). This is so because the Bible says there is no peace for the wicked, Permit me to paraphrase Dele Giwa’s prophetic declaration: You will surely be punished for every injustice, evil deed or wicked act which you perpetrate against any person or people. If you escape people’s vengeance, then you cannot escape God’s vengeance. If your punishment doesn’t come immediately, then it will surely come later.
But when you sow the seed of goodness and righteousness, the blessings of God will be your portion, you will enjoy the goodness of God in this life and thereafter. If you expect your children to always obey you and honour you, then you must obey God your heavenly father and keep His commandments. If all men respect God and obey Him the way they would want their own children to respect and obey them, and treat others the way they would want others to treat them, then Satan will not have any opportunity to intrude into the affairs of men, and the result will be a better society. In other words, applying the principles of the golden rule in our dealings with others and in our relationship with God is the simplest way to build a better society. In a nutshell, the golden rule is God’s word. Therefore, anyone who violates any of the principles of the golden rule breaks divine law and will certainly receive divine punishment. But he who observes the principles of the golden rule respects God and will surely enjoy peace of mind and a lasting success.
writes from Dept of Mass Communication
Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri