We were at a playdate the other day, which had me thinking. As grace grows, I want her to develop effective relationships with other kids. I want her to care about them and treat them kindly. So, I thought about what we needed to start instilling in her now so that when she’s old enough she develops that kind of thoughtfulness toward others and couldn’t help but think of this week’s verse.
Luke 6:31 reads,
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
I don’t feel like there is any better or more understandable verse for kids to teach them how to relate to others. Treat your friends like you want to be treated.
Now, is this verse easier “said than done”? Of course it is. Even as adults, it’s easier for us to say to treat others this way than it is to actually do it, but no one ever said being Christ-like would be easy.
That being said, I want to start conversations with Grace as to why we should apply this verse and how we can do it on a daily basis.
Why should we treat others how we want to be treated? Because that is what God desires and asks of us but also when we treat others better, we open up a whole slew of other possibilities. We invite them to treat us better, we show them a picture of Jesus, we share God’s love, we obey God…
How can we treat others how we want to be treated? Filtering our actions before doing them. Making a conscious effort to slow down and think before we act. Cultivating love and kindness as well as a genuine concern for people.
Now, none of that is easy; however, I believe instilling it in a child at a very young age is the best way for the child to continue considering others in this way even as she ages.
So, how do you encourage your child to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”?