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)

"See how they love" is a good thing to have said of us,
but, practically, is it really that much better than
"See how beautiful their buildings are,"?




Is the key just 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?

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