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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How Are We To Treat People We Disagree With Or Who Have Wronged Us?

"Tolerance isn't about not having beliefs. It's about how your beliefs lead you to treat people who disagree with you." Tim Keller.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:43-45a ESV

"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10 ESV

"Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all." Romans 12:16-18 ESV

"Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8 ESV

"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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34, 35 ESV

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" 1 Peter 4:10 ESV

Each of these verses tells us how we should treat one another. We are told to love our enemies. We are told to live in harmony with one another. We are commanded to love one another. God's word tells us to serve others. 

How do we treat people who we disagree with? We can have all knowledge of what we know to be true, but does it lead us to treat others properly? Do we slander other Christians who we don't agree with? Do we tear down those who hate us and misrepresent us? The way we treat others indicates how we ourselves have been affected by God's word. Is God's word something just stored in our memories, or is it alive and working in us to change us so we can become conformed to the image of Christ?

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