'Treat others as you want them to treat you.' Matthew 7:12 CEV
The Bible often tells us to put others first, showing them compassion, care and love. Jesus sums it up in a single sentence: 'Treat others as you want them to treat you' (Matthew 7:12 CEV). We can find a similar phrase in other religions and cultures around the world, but these are usually worded passively, along the lines of 'Don't do to others what you wouldn't like done to yourself' or 'Don't do to something to another person that you would find hurtful'. It's only a small difference, but it means so much.
It's much harder to actively do something than to passively not do something. If Jesus had also worded it passively, all we'd need to do is to stay away from people, so we couldn't harm or upset them. It would give us an easy way out to avoid people we don't really get on with or prefer to avoid.
But Jesus tells us to actively seek out ways to show love and compassion to others. There are no exceptions. Earlier, Jesus had explained 'You have heard that it was said, "Love your neighbour and hate your enemy." But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven' (Matthew 5:43-45 NIV). It's a high standard to aim for, but with God's help, it's something we can achieve.
So what now? Do something extra for each person living in your house today. Make them breakfast, or do their washing up, or take them out for coffee.
Soulfood: Lk 10:38-42 Jn 11:1-44 John 11:1-44 John 12:1-3,