Try Love

“You have heard that it was said,`You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  “And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Mat 5:43-48 NKJ)

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “`You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and`your neighbor as yourself.'” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luk 10:25-29 NKJ)

“Deep wounds are not easily healed. But the Good Samaritan poured oil and wine into the wounds of the stranger who lay helpless on the road to Jericho and set him on the road to recovery. Each one of us can go and do likewise.” ― John LaFarge S.J., The Catholic Viewpoint on Race Relations.

“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” – Gandhi.

Apparently, the Jews hated the Samaritans with a passion, so much so that they would walk the long way to their destination if the shorter route involved passing through Samaria. If you ask why there was so much hatred, nobody really knows the true reason, and it seems that they had more in common than they would like to confess.

White separatist kills fifty in New Zealand, and ISIS kills three hundred and eleven in Sri Lanka are just two of hundreds of atrocities committed around the world, and they achieved nothing.  It is a senseless waste of life.

Rhetoric has increased here in the US, with people expressing comments that are racist, islamophobic, antisemitic, and homophobic. The fact is that when you express such views, you show the world that you are unintelligent, juvenile and have an undeveloped faith. Unfortunately, you are convinced you are right because you hang out with people of a like mindset. The Apostle Paul would tell to grow-up and get some maturity. Jesus would tell you to love your neighbor and even your enemies. I say we should look for the light in everyone.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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