What does it mean to walk in Love? Does the Golden Rule play a part in this; is it perhaps a major key in our Christian walk? To know how one wants to be treated I would think takes a certain level of self knowledge that comes after much prayer and reflection.
What does it mean to love ones neighbor as oneself? In the Gospels, in the story of the Good Samaritan, we are called upon to call our enemy, when in need, neighbor, to tend to their wounds and to help them with shelter and food. The hatred and disdain that the Jews and Samaritans had for one another was deep. In fact a Jew at that time, would rather die than be helped by a despised Samaritan and of course for the Samaritan being helped by a Jew would be the same. Yet the love we are called to, compels us to reach out to those who will still hate and despise us after we help them. It is truly grace that gives us the strength and the willingness to do such a thing. Which is actually done from time to time.
I struggle with the above, fail most of the time, yet still struggle to allow God's saving love ever deeper into my heart. Conversion is perhaps a daily experience for many of us, well it is for me.
Edited by markdohle, 27 December 2013 - 01:24 PM.