Treat ’em Like You See ’em

It’s a universal truth that we treat people exactly as we see them. If we think someone is dumb, we’ll condescend to him. If we think someone is brilliant, we will fawn in his presence.

Either way, our behavior reveals our opinion.

Proverbs 1:3 tells s the big three in wise dealing with people. They are righteousness, justice, and equity. The three can be summed up in the word “fairness.”

So then, what does it mean to be fair?

Jesus summarized it in the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated. The truth is that however you treat others, you are sending messages about how you’d like to be treated.

So will you take the wheel or let something else drive you?

There’s a couple ways to chose here.

If you let your emotions guide you, you’ll treat others based on your first impression of them. Unfortunately, first impressions can only offer a limited view of another person. It’s sort of like deciding whether you like a car because of the color.

The other way aligns with fairness. It assumes that we’re all alike in a lot of ways. We want to be respected and given the benefit of the doubt. We crave love and friendship. We all bleed when we’re pricked. And none of us want to be cheated.

And, of course, we’re all sinners who need Jesus.

So think the best of others. Treat them with the care you’d like to receive. Remember that everyone is created in God’s image, whether you like them or not.

If you can do that for everyone you meet, you’ll begin to understand the real meaning of fairness.