By loving you, I love God too.

'Love the sinner, but hate their sin.'
is not truly loving, as Jesus would have it.
He didn't mean, accept the person
while criticizing everything about them.
The beginning of love is to let those we love
be perfectly themselves,
and not to twist them to fit our own image.
Otherwise we love only that of ourselves
which we find in them.




Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge
against anyone among your people,
but love your neighbor as yourself,
Leviticus(19:18)

Do to no one what you yourself dislike.
Tobit 4:15;

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow man.
That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.
Rabbi Hillel (20BC)

Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do,
and keep in mind your own dislikes.
Sirach 31:15

If anyone says, 'I love God', yet hates his brother, he is a liar.
For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen,
cannot love God, whom he has not seen
1 John(14:20).

If you don't find God in the next person you meet,
it is a waste of time looking any further.
Mahatma Gandhi,



Loving 'our neighbor' is one thing,
but what if our neighbor hates us?

forgive them 'seventy times seven times'
(Matthew 18:22)
Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
( Matthew 5:44)

It's such a simple thing to have said of us,
but it's the highest compliment we can possibly receive.
It's certainly better than,
"See how nice their buildings are,"
"See how big their church is. "

It is simply,
'See how they love!'




Maybe the key is to try to see other people as God sees them
as one of God's children, who is different from me,
yet also like me in many ways.
For an enemy is someone whose story you haven't fully heard.

When feeling at odds with another person,
even to the point of seeing him/her as an "enemy,"
take a time out to ponder on similarities.
how much we have in common,