“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” – Matthew 22:39
This is one of Jesus’ most straightforward teachings, no deeper meaning, no other interpretation, no ifs, and, or buts, just a straightforward teaching. When Jesus said this, it wasn’t followed by Him bringing out a long list of exemptions and exclaiming something like “except for these guys.”
No, Jesus said to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, to love others as He did with us. We Christians should rejoice in this fact since it is the very same reason Jesus saved us from sin.
So then how do we as Christians go about loving others? It boils down to one simple trait: understanding because from this we become wiser. It widens our horizons and best of all, love others without much doubt.
Christians and Understanding, The First Step to Following What Jesus has Commanded
When I saw this week’s episode of What Would You Do on how people would react to an illiterate man being harassed, it reminded me of Jesus’ message and the importance of understanding.
How the people of Alabama reacted to the situation is commendable, not to mention the accents are awesome. Kudos, Alabama, kudos!
It really shows how a Christian community can be about love, care, and understanding and not about closed-mindedness and discrimination. Though, we may be excused for thinking that because of the unfortunate false teaching of some Christian sects.
Christianity is not about hate or prosecution, only God has the authority to do that and before Jesus came, we were all guaranteed to be condemned because of sin. Today though, we spread the love because God gave it to us. He loves us and so we love others.
The first step in achieving this is to be understanding, know that everyone has their own circumstances and one can’t just force something onto others. The challenge for all of us: be more understanding. Let us pray to God to help us achieve this so that we can do our duties as Christians.
“. . . Hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
Above all things, remember to thank Jesus for His message, be inspired and take a listen to “Above All” performed by the great Randy Travis.
Watch it Here and Enjoy!