Mark 12:31 You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
We are all called to love our neighbors as ourselves. What does that mean? What does that look like? When I think of true love, godly love, a lot of things come to mind. But the first thing that comes to mind is acceptance.
1 Timothy 1:15
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am the foremost.
I think of fully being accepted by Christ. I'm not asked by Christ to clean up my act and then come to Him, in fact no one is. He says; come as you are.
As sinners we are fully accepted and loved by Him.
Now on the other end is worldly love, worldly love is rooted in tolerance. We have to tolerate everyone's lifestyle, everyone's actions. Where has this left us? It has left us in a place where conviction has no voice.
Tolerance and Acceptance are not synonymous with one another. Tolerance does not have more love rooted in it compared to acceptance. In fact, acceptance is derived more so from love than tolerance.
God is intolerant toward sin but fully accepts us as sinners. When we look at love from the right aspect, God's aspect, we see that we do not need to be tolerant of someone to accept them. We also do not need to tolerate someone to love them.
Love the Lord God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.
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