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?