Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
So what would you have others to do to you? Treat you with respect and honor and love and kindness. Be honest always. Be faithful and true. Be just and fair, but really even beyond that, be merciful. Be encouraging. Give a diligent day's work for a day's pay. Offer help when there's a need. Give space and consideration when that is needed. Pray. And the list goes on. . .you get my drift. So here's the thing--Jesus calls on us to be the first to offer these to others. He talks about it all the time. Overcome evil with good. Sometimes it's hard to do. So what's the key? Maybe just remembering our God and how He treats us. Remember His covenant with us His people. Abraham is the father of our faith. Look at God's promise to him: "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you (Genesis 12:2, 3)." We have already been given every blessing from God Himself, the source of every good gift. Let us find our fulfillment in Him. And as we receive from Him, we then can give out to others. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring (Acts 17:28).'
The well is deep. Drink deeply. Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." And then, as we are filled, we can give to others. "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward (Matthew 10:42)." "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40)."
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified (John 7:37-39). Jesus gave these instructions to His disciples just prior to His ascension into heaven: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. . . But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:4, 5, 8)." The Spirit was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. The disciples drank of that Spirit. We don't just drink for one sip when we are thirsty; we continue to drink until our thirst is quenched. We live in a dry and thirsty land. There are times to wait in the presence of the Lord--daily--and times to go out in that presence. Much is said regarding our health as to drinking plenty of water. If we don't we get dehydrated and our bodies cannot function in the way they are designed. The same is true spiritually. We need to drink of His Spirit, continually. Keep being filled. The sun is hot and drains us. Keep drinking. Even in times of drought, there is a well that never runs dry. Look at the patriarchs--Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. . . A well was so important to their existence. Jesus met the woman at the well and gave her of that life-giving water. She, in turn, watered her whole village. We can't give what we don't have. Drink. And then water the flock.