So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them,
for this is the Law and the Prophets.
A few years ago WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) seemed to be every where. On billboards, tee shirts and bracelets we were told to try to imitate Christ. Interesting that Jesus doesn't say that here. He tells us something that is way more practical and does not require an understanding of Christian theology. In a sense six of the Ten Commandments deal with this idea of simply treating people the way that we want to be treated. No one would ever murder, steal or commit adultery if they embraced this idea.
At the core of this short verse is the idea that God wants us to love others as we love ourselves. When we treat people with love we witness to the reality that God loves us. When we are merciful we testify to the mercy that we have received. We honor the kindness of God in our lives when we are kind to others. Our actions are a reflection of the presence of these realities. How we treat people reveals the influence of God in our lives.
Forgive me Lord. Help me to love. Help me to treat others with love.