There is a part of society and Christianity that would criticize every step you take in life. No matter what you did, say, or how you did and say it, it will be indubitably wrong. In society we are raised to show respect people no matter who they are, and no matter how old they are. In society we are raised to live in peace with all men, no matter what they have done to others. And in society we are taught to love one another. In the Christian faith we are taught the same basic principles, with one exception: we are showing God’s response to others. God instilled in each of us emotion and a basic principle on how to live and treat others. When we give up the world’s standard of living and take up God’s standard of living, everything shifts to the eternal. In society everything we say and do has more of a temporal condition, but in the Christian faith it is more a spiritual condition as well as a spiritual ending. Living one’s life so as to reflect God’s influence in your life brings more of a spiritual satisfaction.
There is a friend, who shall remain anonymous, who struggles with society’s and spiritual’s enigma of doing things just right. He was raised by parents who instilled in him all the qualities of being a good citizen, and a religious person. He was taught to respect others, help them when they needed help, be a friend of everybody and not by gender, and to present himself as a model citizen that even children will look up to him. After becoming an adult he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. From that point on he struggled with his daily walk of life. Some of what he was taught from childhood for some reason was wrong. Being married he couldn’t help those of the opposite gender as much, if at all. He couldn’t be friends with and help the widows, just the widowers. He couldn’t be friends of single females, just single males. The “Christian friends” that he had thought that it was inappropriate to help females if he was able, because it look like he was cheating on his wife or it was just inappropriate. This friend does what he does out of empathy for the other person, knowing exactly what and how it feels to go through the circumstances they are going through. It came to a head one day when he decided that organize traditional religion was not for him. My friend decided he was going to be a Christian in the true sense of following Christ.
Traditional churches, organize and otherwise, has a habit of misrepresenting and perverting scriptures to suit themselves and make others miserable. As Christians, we should follow the whole biblical teachings and not just a portion that suits our beliefs, or what we want the Bible to project in our lives. We try to make everybody puppets, rather than encourage each Christian to follow what he believes God’s leading is in his life. As Christians we should be flexible enough to drop everything to help those in need at a moment’s notice. We should not complain, or question,who our friend, or spouse, is helping. Why? Because what we do could be that person’s answer to prayer, showing the true love of God through us to them. Jealousy has no room in the Christian way of life. Enviousness has no room in the Christian way of life. If your God prevents you from fulfilling your faith so that blessings, grace, and mercy is shared, then you are serving the wrong God.
One of the things that my friend told me recently struck a cord in my heart. He says that when he dies, he wants his legacy to the world to be that he followed God’s direction in his life. He wants the grace, kindness, love, and mercy he has shown to others to be his testimony to God’s eternal love. The Bible tells us, as a whole, love one another, to be prepared to share God’s love.
1 Peter 3:15English Standard Version (ESV)
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
John 13:34, 35 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.”
Colosians 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
To study more about your relationship with others, study the above verses and cross reference them to get a true biblical picture of love. Our relationship with others shows the world that God is real, and if properly portrayed God can be seen through us to the world.