There is probably no better principle for guiding your workplace relationships than this simple statement: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
In our culture, we call this the Golden Rule. It is labeled “golden” because of its great value. Following the Golden Rule is considered to be noble and right in almost every situation. It is applied Christianity, as well as being a universally admired life principle.
The Golden Rule is validated by Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:12 when he says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
A Summary Teaching
Jesus opens and closes Matthew 7:12 with references to it being a summary of other New and Old Testament teachings.
The verse begins with Jesus saying, “So in everything,” “So” used here in the NIV is translated “therefore” in the KJV and NAS. By doing this Jesus is connecting the message of this verse with his previous statements, i.e., his teachings in the Sermon on the Mount.
Then Jesus ends the verse with the words, “For this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” which also marks the verse as a summary statement, but these closing words refer to various Old Testament teachings.
Jesus’ core message in Matthew 7:12 is recorded in the center of the verse which says: “do to others what you would have them do to you.” This is the Golden Rule as spoken by Jesus over 2,000 years ago.
Jesus is saying that we take the initiative, we go first, we do. The Golden Rule begins with us. We do what is right in our relationships with others and then God takes care of everything else.
Following the Golden Rule is God’s expectation for you, me, and all Christians as his representatives in the workplace.
Not a Salvation Teaching
Finally, the Golden Rule is a good Bible-based guide for your dealings with others, but following the Golden Rule is not a path to salvation. People cannot save themselves by their own good works no matter how wholesome, unselfish, or well-intentioned they may be.
The Bible is clear when it says that salvation requires repentance and receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9 declares: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Treat your co-workers as you would like to be treated by them.