In its most basic definition, the Golden Rule says you should treat others the way you want them to treat you, but there is a potential problem with the Golden Rule.

Matthew 7:12a (NCV)
“Do to others what you want them to do to you.” Golden-Rule

Many think the Golden Rule is the key to being fulfilled in your relationships, but here is a potential problem with the Golden Rule: Unrealistic Expectations.  The greatest challenge in human relationships is unrealistic expectations.  We do something good for someone and then we expect them to do something good for us, and when they don’t, we experience an unrealistic expectation.

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The Golden Rule doesn’t say that if we treat someone well, they are going to automatically treat us well, but we expect them to.  Just because I treat someone nice doesn’t mean they are going to treat me nice, but I expect them to.  The Golden Rule never stated that what you do for others they would automatically do for you.  If we are not careful, the Golden Rule can lead to unrealistic expectations in our relationships.

The way you make the Golden Rule work in your relationships is to walk in love toward others with no expectation of anything (in return) from them.  The way you make the Golden Rule work in your relationships is to love others with an expectation that your reward will come from God.  This attitude is confirmed in Ephesians 6:8, which states: Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do.

Here’s a simple rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them, with the expectation that God will reward you.

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