Several variations of the “Golden Rule” have been given over the years. For some, it is “do unto others as they have done unto you.” For others, it is “do unto others before they do unto you.”
However, Jesus was clear when He said; “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The implication of Jesus is to do unto others first.
Leadership always brings several interesting twists in the development of leaders and followers. This is especially true within the church.
How do we want others to treat us? Do we want to be treated with respect, integrity, love, appreciation, patience, etc.? If this is how we want to be treated, then Jesus would tell us to treat others this way first!
We must be careful not to allow the practice of culture, or society, to influence and direct our approach to relationships.
If we are not careful, it is easy to react, instead of acting as we should. Sadly, we must be careful to guard against overreacting.
Leaders must learn to act in keeping with the way we want others to act.