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The other day I read an article that discussed which of the Ten Commandments was the hardest for humans to keep. I believe that’s a valid question. I suspect that all of us violate two or three or more a day, no matter how saintly we might think ourselves to be.
Now, I’m not a religious scholar, nor am I an expert on the Bible. I don’t quote scripture as part of my general conversation, but I have experienced people who use scripture to validate their comments or behavior. I’ve also experienced those who use scripture to denounce the behavior or comments of those with whom they disagree.
Well I’m going to take some poetic license and tell you what I believe to be the simplest, yet most powerful commandment ever given: “Love ye one another, as I have loved you.” The Spirit asks no more of us than to Love each other. And yet this seems to be the one commandment we have the most problem living up to.
Our society has become so antagonistic that we seem to have more and more difficulty being civil to one another. We discriminate based on looks, gender, race, lifestyle, income, education, neighborhood, size, and a whole lot of other variables that make us unique as human beings. And there are those who use scripture to validate their discrimination. It would seem to me that the Spirit, who has created all of us, would never condone any one of us purposely being cruel to another human being. Again, the commandment says, “Love ye one another, as I have loved you.” And if you don’t believe the Spirit loves you, look out the window.
While I’m at it, I’m going to provide another scripture that I’ve heard the preacher use. To paraphrase, the Spirit asks, “How can you say you love me whom you’ve never seen, yet hate your brother who you see everyday?” There are those who continually proclaim that they “love the Lord”, yet they badmouth, ridicule, and purposely deceive their neighbors everyday.
Back in 1972, Marvin Gaye sang a song called “God is Love”. One of the lyrics goes as follows: “Don’t go and talk about my Father, God is my friend. He made this world for us to live in, and gave us everything. And all he asks of us is to give each other love.” Pretty simple, huh. The Spirit will provide all of your needs. All you need to do is love one another. That’s a pretty good deal, if you ask me.
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