In this Proverb, we see the golden rule. It takes the idea of treating others as you would be treated one step further. Rather than just do for others, we examine the power of an attitude of love towards all.
Proverbs 3:3-4: “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.“
Go the Extra Mile
The point of this verse is to love others and act lovingly. Instead of only treating others well, so you will be treated the same, this is a charge to simply love others. It is, of course, the key to world peace. If we all thought first about others, we would see an end to strife. The wise part of this proverb is that we are unable to do this for others without it being returned to us. When we treat others with kindness and respect, it is hard for them not to treat us the same.
Be Nice and Be Treated The Same
Think about the people you have known that are well liked. They are almost always kind and giving. This is not the same as those that are popular or feared. These are those that are loved and respected. The people that are hard not to like are the ones that are kind to us and others. Thus, the more we think about others, the more they will treat us well. It becomes more than a quid pro quo and only people wanting to do good for others. It is the Christmas spirit we see in the movies lived throughout the year.
Teaching Children this Wisdom
This is something we try to teach our children and ourselves at the end of every year. We watch movies and shows and sing songs to try to get into a festive mood. The stories all talk about good cheer and thinking of others. Of course, every story ends with a happy ending as well. Unfortunately, that tends to relegate this proverb to roughly one month out of the year. Instead of going for a love everyone all the time approach, try an incremental approach.
Instead of going for a love everyone all the time approach, try an incremental approach. Have your child take a day where they are kind to everyone. Make it a sort of game where they need to keep a happy thought and smile or greet everyone. You can even practice a few things like how to happily respond to a request and greet teachers and classmates. Discuss with them how people react and where others may be living out this loving approach. Better yet, try it yourself, try it with your spouse. You will be glad you did.