Show genuine love and concern for people, and you won’t have a hard time winning friends. People can’t help but be drawn to a person with a loving demeanor. People who like others are the people others like. When you follow the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you,” people will be drawn to you like bees to honey. Sooner or later, they’ll respond in kind. That’s one of the perks of knowing and loving Jesus, and of following His Golden Rule.—S.S.
True happiness comes not in your personal pursuit of selfish pleasure and satisfaction, but in finding God and giving His life to others and bringing them happiness. Then happiness pursues and overtakes and overwhelms you personally without even seeking it for yourself. Look for someone to make happy, and then happiness will find you. Get so busy trying to make somebody else happy you can’t help but be happy. Show others unselfish love and concern and they’ll love you more than they ever loved anybody.—D.B.B.
Ten commandments of human relations
- Speak to people.
- Smile at people.
- Call people by name.
- Be friendly and helpful.
- Be cordial.
- Be interested in people.
- Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.
- Be considerate of others’ feelings.
- Be thoughtful of others’ opinions.
- Be predisposed to serve.
Let’s love one another more. Let’s do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let’s let the Lord’s love shine through us more and be manifested in more forgiveness, understanding, communication, sharing, support, sympathy, affection, and practical, loving, caring action. Let’s give of our time, be a listening ear, and open our hearts and lives to others. Let’s be swift to forgive and forget. Let’s do our best to be our brother’s keeper. Let’s not hold back the simple affection that so wonderfully communicates the Lord’s love. Let’s try with all our hearts to set a good example. Let’s be a strong shoulder to lean on or cry on. Let’s not jump to conclusions or judge unfairly, but instead give the benefit of the doubt to those who are struggling. Let’s bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill God’s supreme law: love. Let’s be examples of the Lord’s unconditional love.—Maria Fontaine