As Christians, we have read scripture where Jesus tells us that the two greatest commandments are to love God and love others with all our hearts. To show our love to God is to obey his commands written in John 14:15. The second command may be more difficult to follow I believe. It’s easier to love a perfect God than love imperfect people especially if they dislike us or even hate us. There are three aspects about people: soul, mind, and body. We must learn to always see the soul first.
Commonly men can unconsciously objectify women. They focus mainly on a lady’s body. It is also the case that women could do the same at times. There is an imbalance that is so prevalent in society. We lust first then maybe think about a relationship. This wages war against the soul. I can’t proclaim this without saying that I’ve had my own struggles with it. I find myself having gotten past it though with prayer and the Word. We must guard ourselves against looking at the opposite sex as a means of using their body to make ourselves feel good. I must make it clear that attraction is great and natural but keep it in check and await your spouse.
Using people doesn’t have to be for fulfilling physical desires to be bad. Many of us use acquaintances as tools to further ourselves. It’s not bad to use resources that others have to offer, but do not see them merely as tools. We can all find a way to return the favor to those that help us or at least show our gratitude. Do not wear out people’s willingness to show compassion by taking advantage of it. Take for instance that smart kid that always has all the answers to the homework. The only reason people talk to him is to get the answers he has. Maybe one of your friends helps you with something but the next time they ask you for help you either ignore them or say you’re too busy. It’s sad but true and we should make strides to change this way we view others.
There are so many different views about life. These differences usually separate many of us as adversaries. I do my best to respect other opinions. To name a few, there are contrasts in politics, religion, and culture that drive many people to deeming opposing views as enemies. A lot of the people I know are liberal. I may think they are a little wacky but they think I am too. That doesn’t mean I can’t make a connection with them or even be friends. The same goes for Muslims, atheists, Catholics and everyone else. The thoughts of the mind should not prevent us from showing the love of Jesus to others who do not share our same thoughts. We don’t have to actively seek out people with differences, but do not shun them. That provides an opportunity to show ourselves as a wonderful example of Christ followers.
By seeing the soul first, we avoid causing ourselves and others to fall away from God. Loving like the Lord loves us draws everyone closer to God. Hebrews 3:13 says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Further along, Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Changing our mindset will further the kingdom, an obligation that all Christians share. Happy Friday and God bless you all.