"We are members of one another."
In today's Epistle St. Paul is telling us about the Golden Rule, which is: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Farmer Wiseman was sitting on his porch one day when a family drove up in a car and said to him, "We are the Greedy family. If the neighbors are any good we will move into the neighborhood." Farmer Wiseman smoked his pipe for a while and then asked the Greedys, "What kind of neighbors did you have in the place you came from?" The Greedys replied, "Oh, they were terrible neighbors, always fighting with us and stingy." Farmer Wiseman said, "I reckon you'll find the same kind of neighbors here." The family decided that they would not move into the neighborhood and drove off. Farmer Wiseman was glad to see them go.
The next day he was sitting on his porch again and another family drove up in a car. They were the Friendly family. They said, "We are going to move into the neighborhood. Are the neighbors nice?" "Well, " asked Farmer Wiseman, "how were the neighbors in the place that you just came from?" They said, "The neighbors were very nice, very friendly, and very generous." Farmer Wiseman replied, " I reckon you'll find the same kind of neighbors around here." The family moved in and he was glad to have the Friendlys in the town.
People treat us about the way we treat them. That is the Golden Rule. As St. Paul puts it, "We are members of one another." In every class of children you will find at least one who does not get along with the teacher. You will also find that it is just this one child who spends all his time saying, "The teacher is down on me and won't give me a break." That kind of talk is foolish. If you were fair and square in your treatment of teacher there would be no more trouble. If you fail geography, that does not mean that the teacher is down on you. It means that you have not paid attention and do no know your subject. If you had been fair and square and studied, you would have a good mark. Farmer Wiseman would have an answer to that if you asked him what kind of teacher you are going to have in the next grade. He would say, "What kind of teacher did you have in the last grade?" If you say, "Teacher was down on me," he would pull on his pipe a while and say, " I reckon you'll have the same kind of teacher in the next grade."
In your relationship with your teachers you can be like the Greedy family in their relation to their neighbors, or you can be like the Friendly family and practice the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, or in the words of St. Paul, "Wherefore put away lying and speak truth each one with his neighbor because we are members of one another."