Hands Around the Globe

Mutual Respect

Events that have taken place in the last few days have me shaking my head and have left me broken hearted. I can only imagine how the Lord sees such a senseless loss of life in the name of religion. As a follower of Christ, I try my best to people, all people. I the people that do not agree with me. I the people who live lives that are completely different than mine. I people that do not know the Lord, nor have any desire to know the Lord. I people this way because I follow Christ and the Bible.

As a Christian, I am a student of the Bible, but more importantly, I am a student of Christ. Some use the term disciple, and I gladly take that label. I have spent quite a bit of time reading the Bible and studying the life of Christ. I enjoy studying ’ interactions with people, all people. is the most patient person to ever walk the earth. His patience for people and their condition, wherever they find themselves, is utterly amazing. He is so loving and patient with the Samaritan woman at the well who was living in sin. He was patient with the blind man who yelled out to Him for healing even though the disciples told the man to be quiet. He was even patient with the religious leaders of the day. If there was anyone who He had the right to be upset with, it was the Pharisees and Sadducees, but he wasn’t. He d them and showed them and mercy.

We often pray for in the world. It amazes me the people who say they are praying for one moment, and the next moment they are ranting and raving about some other religious group and how extreme they are, and how we should wipe them out. Ridiculous! Don’t get me wrong, crimes need to be addressed and heinous crimes against individuals and groups need to be brought to swift and appropriate justice. I also am a firm believer that the one and only path to God is through His son, Jesus Christ.

The only way we will see livable in the world is by practicing . Yes, I said practicing . In other words, we need to be turning the other cheek much more often and ing people and the differences we have. There are people in your life that hold different beliefs than you do. Deal with it! People are different. We all hold our beliefs dear, but our beliefs should not be a stumbling block to relationships with others and mutual .

Along with practicing we need to practice mutual . We don’t have to agree with everyone, however we need to understand that everyone has a right to their beliefs and perspective. It is not my job to convince people for the cause of Christ. That sounds funny coming from a minister doesn’t it? It’s true, though. has asked me and you and every other Christian to be a witness for Him and His gospel. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to convince. We just need to be ready to answer questions and live lives that are pleasing to God.

Think about it. We quote John 3:16 all the time. If God s the world so much that He sacrificed His son, shouldn’t we? I think we need to spend just as much time on John 3:17. We need to stop condemning people and start loving and ing them. You can try and understand someone else’s perspective without agreeing with it. I try to always see things as other people see them. I don’t always agree with the viewpoint, but it does help me understand and that person all the more.

Let’s show some to others. Let’s show some mutual for one another. In doing this, we will be a great witness for , and we can perpetuate a little and instead of hate and violence.

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