Quote for today:

Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world… enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.

Abraham Lincoln   Feb 22, 1860


And another quote, this time from a personal letter we received yesterday.

Let’s remember that the “Great Commission” has never been to “spread the gospel.”  It is the first and second great commandments–Love God and your neighbor, which certainly means respect for your brothers and sisters in the Lord.

I admit that I was a bit taken aback by that first part, but when I think about it, I must admit that the great commandments would definitely be a more basic and all-encompassing instruction..  Of course, it would obviously include spreading the gospel, since truly loving someone would of necessity require you to share God’s message of love and grace.  What greater gift can you give to those you love?

The part that niggles at my brain is that last line.  Does love mean respect?  Obviously, there are people who I respect that I don’t love, but is it possible to love someone without respecting them? 

I keep remembering Jesus’s words:

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

I don’t think that most of us would judge words like that as respectful, but don’t you think that Jesus loved them?  He had to forego respect at that point in order to warn them that they were straying from the truth of God’s law…because He loved them!

Do you agree?  If not, why not?  And if so, a question presents itself.  Is there ever a time that we should risk being disrespectful in order to expose error, or is that only the prerogative of Jesus the Messiah? 


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9 Responses to

  1. Well, of course! Consider Meshach, Shadrach, and Abed-nego, those three Jewish fellows with impossible to spell Babylonian names. Were they “disrespectful” to the king? Indeed! How about Nathan confronting David in his sin with having Uriah killed? Or Moses and Aaron “mouthing off” to Pharaoh the last time they saw him? Elijah mocking the prophets of Ba’al? But, what might be perceived as a “lack of respect” is truly and excess of love in many cases. However, I think we often err on the other side and are just mean and rude and say, “But I am just speaking the truth!”

  2. homefire says:

    Thanks, Mary, for the illustration of Nathan and David.  The other three are a bit different because there wasn’t necessarily love in those situations.  But with Nathan, there is no doubt that he had love for the very person whose authority he was questioning.  That is a great example!

  3. fwren says:

    I really like to think that I love everybody (at different levels, of course), but I definitely do not respect everyone all the time.  It is difficult to show respect for bad behavior or thinking that is evil or just plain off-base.  That doesn’t mean I should not or do not love them ~ I love the statement you made:  “Of course, it would obviously include spreading the gospel, since truly loving someone would of necessity require you to share God’s message of love and grace.”  How true.  It is difficult to accept that someone actually believes that first line of the letter quote.   

  4. joy4jesus424 says:

    Commission= a sending or mission (to do or accomplish something). We, as believers, have been sent on a mission from Jesus himself to proclaim the Gospel to all creation
    Commandment= something that must be obeyed. We, as believers, must obey what Jesus told us about loving others as He has loves us and it will be by this love that others will know we are His disciples.
    I’m not sure how we can negate one because of the other…
    Respect= admiration for a person or entity because of perceived merit- Greek= partiality, favoritism   James 2:9 tells me it is a sin to show partiality.
    Love= An intense feeling of affection and care towards another person. Greek= to be a friend to, have affection for    John 15:17 commands this of me.
    I truly believe that we should always expose error, but it can be done with love. However (THE word of the month!!) you and I both know that when error is pointed out, it is considered disobedience and disrespect.
    “Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye”…I so wish I could do this better!

  5. Anonymous says:

    You’ve said a mouthful homefire!  I think that we would NOT be honoring God if we don’t stand on the Truth, and if we “go along with” thinking that directly goes against Scripture.  I’m still struggling  😥 with advise given lately that’s been directly against Scripture.  Are we be denying our Lord if we do not speak out, regardless of the fact that we are considered rebellious and disobedient?   I cannot respect those who go against the TRUTH, but I must still love their soulls.  It’s unbelievable 😮 (jaw dropping) of the thinking  that the great commission is not to spread the Gospel, among many other things coming to light as of late.:wha: 
    These two verses are where my thoughts have been lately.     Mark 7:8-9 Jesus said to the Pharisees and Scribes:  “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from me Me.  And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”   For laying aside the commandmemnt of God, you hold the tradition of men – the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.  (And Jesus) said to them “Full well you reject commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition………………. 
    Isaiah 29:13  Therefore the Lord said:  Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me. And their fear t0ward Me is taught by the commandment of men.

  6. joy4jesus424 says:

    Looking…you have so summed up our exact thoughts!

  7. ShineOn1983 says:

    I think you can love someone, but not respect them. At least if you are a woman you can! lol (love and respect seminar)

  8. homefire says:

    Thanks for some really great responses!

  9. mamaglop says:

    I don’t think it is disrespectful to tell someone if they are going the wrong way.  And the great commission, which Jesus made to his disciples, was to Go out and make disciples of all nations….teaching them everything I have commanded you.  The Ten Commandments are for everybody, the Great Commission is for the church.

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