Sunday, January 11, 2015

Food for thought regarding "loving one another"...


If you encounter someone who is different (maybe they're from another country, maybe another culture. What the difference is doesn't really matter.) than you in some way or another, how do you interact with them? How do you see them? What do you think of them? What if someone has a different opinion that you on something (you appreciate Plato's Phaedo//they don't. You like oranges//they like apples. You're a liberal//they're a conservative. Whatever.)? Maybe they look just like you (or they don't), or maybe you know them well (or you don't).

I think it's beneficial to consider this-- to try to be conscious of how you treat people who are different than you-- regardless of who you are or what your beliefs are.

As for me personally? I'm a Christian. I think that if I call myself a Christian, my beliefs should vastly affect how I treat others-- those who are different than myself in any which way included. How so? My beliefs dictate that I should love them. I believe that if you're using following Christ as an excuse to do anything less, then you should verify that you're following the right guy. I fail sometimes, I know I do, but admit that and I'm trying. Christians talk about loving one another so often that it's commonplace. It should be; it's important. But we shouldn't let the frequency subdue the significance. It's imperative: Christ is love, and we are His ambassadors.

I leave you with better food for thought than I could ever produce:
"Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs."-Proverbs 10:12
"“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?"-Matthew 5:43-47
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."-John 13:34
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness."-Philippians 2:3-7 
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."-1 John 4:7-12