Give Yourself to Others …

Archive for January 2009

I admit to a somewhat visceral reaction when I hear someone say they can’t be around another person, because of what someone has said or what they’ve done.

Disagreements over doctrinal matters have provided the basis for denominational divisions among people who claim the label, Christian.  Similarly, cultural or social differences have provided a basis for similar social divisions by race, ethnicity and other criteria.

So, the question of “tests of fellowship”, while a familiar phrase to religious people, is equally applicable to secular matters.

When I read the gospel of the New Testament, I have not yet found an example of Jesus applying such tests of fellowship.  He dealt with each individual based upon each unique individual.

That’s very hard.  But very necessary, if we’re to “love each other, the way Jesus loved us.”


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