How you treat people matters. The Bible teaches this truth in a number of ways, but perhaps the clearest of ways is with words that you and I can readily identify. Words like “faithfulness,” “steadfastness,” “honor,” and “truth” litter the verses that instruct us on how we should treat others. Here’s an example:
- “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:3-4)
Similarly, Jesus also emphasizes a teaching that is outside the common vein today.
- “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31)
Notice that Jesus didn’t teach treatment in the negative. He didn’t say, “Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you.” Instead, Jesus taught in the positive. A Gospel-centered life is a life that takes the initiative to demonstrate love and care.
So, as we approach our relationships, we shouldn’t be asking what we can get out of them. Instead, we should be asking ourselves, “What can I contribute that I know I personally would appreciate and be thankful for?” That’s what it means to live a Gospel-centered life: to give, for in giving we receive (Acts 20:35).