We live in a very intolerant society. We see it in the actions of our politicians, as well as our co-workers. Intolerance rears its ugly head in our communities, and even in our churches. It shows its spiny bristles in the forms of anger, hatred, racism, vengeance and vindictiveness – all violations of the Fifth Commandment! How so? Well each one of these forms of behavior, when applied, diminishes the dignity of others – each behavior kills the spirit of the victim. How do we combat intolerance? We seek Charity. If we would embrace the concept of loving our neighbor, we can eradicate intolerance from our society.
So, what does it really mean to love one’s neighbor? Well, if we were to follow Christ’s teaching, it means to love others unconditionally. Regardless of one’s color, gender, nationality, or other difference, we are called to love everyone with respect.
I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you should love one another (John 13:34).
When we harbor ill feelings toward our neighbor, it might seem difficult to seek Charity; to break the bondage of intolerance. It’s hard to love, when you don’t feel love reciprocated. Keep in mind, though, that Christ loves everyone, yet not everyone loves Him. He is calling us to love as He loves. So how do we go about making this positive change? Here are a few ideas on how you might seek Charity:
- Do something kind for someone you find disagreeable. Expect nothing in return.
- Forgive those who relish in anger, hatred, racism, vengeance and vindictiveness. Pray for conversions of heart; that they might see the error of their ways.
- Pray for someone who opposes your ideas. Ask God to help you see situations through that person’s eyes.
- Embrace diversity. Be respectful of other’s ideas, opinions and cultures.
If you were to practice any, or all, of these actions, then you will truly seek Charity and do your part to eradicate intolerance. You will become Christlike, for you will love as He loves.
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