WHAT MAKE US ALL DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER

I found myself reading Matthew, Chapter 22, this week. Current events have brought a problem to light, and it is one that has plagued man since the beginning of time. If someone is different from us, then we immediately throw up barriers. And, let’s face it, everyone is different from us. No two people are exactly alike.

My granddaughter was over visiting last night, and she asked me a question about hair color. She was playing with her Ariel the Mermaid doll who has flaming red hair. She stopped for a minute and asked me, “do people with red hair have a disease?” In her whole six years of existence, she hasn’t encountered many flaming redheads, so she was curious why. I told her no, that hair color was a genetic trait that you inherited from your parents. Then, I reminded her that my DIL, Stephanie, had red hair. She said, “but her hair is brownish-red,” so evidently, only the flaming redheads were strange to her.

We can all get a small chuckle from that story since we understand that eye color, hair color, etc., is all a matter of who your parents are. So, using the same set of rules, we also understand that the color of our skin is also an inherited trait. I burn easily, but my father tans easily. I inherited my skin tone from my mother’s side, which was Scotch-Irish.

Personalities and food preferences can also be inherited, or they can be environmental factors. Did you know that people raised in the south are different from those raised in the north? Yes, us southerners talk differently. Southerners also eat differently, and some of the food choices we make would seem odd or crazy to people raised in the north. “Fried” might be our love language, or maybe it is sweet tea. Lol! Either way, you need to try them both; it could change your world!

It is easy to see that there are lots of different people in the world. And, it is easy to see why we have questions about the differences. The problem isn’t the questions; the problem is in assuming that your ways are the only ways and that everyone who isn’t like you is wrong.

This is a problem that has been going on forever. Remember how the Jews felt about the Samaritans? They would walk miles out of their way so that they didn’t have to go through Samaria. If you recall the story of the woman at the well, you will notice that she knew that Jesus was a Jew, even though he never told her. I would assume that meant that he looked, talked, or dressed differently than Samaritan men. The woman was astonished that Jesus would speak to her since she was a Samaritan, and also because she was a woman. Color, wealth, sex, language, dress, or lifestyle was not what mattered to Jesus; He loved everyone.

In Matthew 22, the Pharisees were trying to trick Jesus. One of them being a lawyer asked this:

Matthew 22:36-40

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Love thy God with all thy heart and love thy neighbour as thyself are the two commandments that all of the law revolves around. Love God, and love everyone else also. Gosh, that sounds pretty easy until you start thinking about people who have done you wrong. Surely the Lord doesn’t mean for me to love someone who spread rumors about me? I can’t imagine loving someone who cheated on me, beat me, stole money from me, lied on me, etc., etc., etc.

The Lord surely meant that we only had to love good people, and were righteous in His sight. He couldn’t expect me to love a drug addict, a thief, a liar, and cheat, a pedophile, or a murderer!

I’ll be honest, I don’t know how to love people that have done horrific acts. I can’t imagine liking someone like that, much less loving them as myself. How??? How is that even possible?

Matthew 5:47-48

47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Today I am praying for my heart to be opened. I am praying that the Lord fills me with love for my fellow man and woman. My prayer is that I will not make judgments based on outwards appearances. We are ALL God’s children! And, just like I love my children equally, the Lord loves all of His the same.

Have A Blessed Day!

 

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  1. Martha Williams wrote:

    Amen

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you liked today’s message!

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  2. kristine wrote:

    Tania, thank you for sharing your thoughts in this uplifting post. Have a blessed week.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Kristine.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  3. Vonda Smith wrote:

    Beth, thank you so much for your blog this morning! You expressed so well what my heart has been feeling. I continue to pray for the Lord to show me my heart, and that I will love all people the way He taught us to love. I so appreciate you, your heart, and especially your fun blog! I am a fellow Southwest VA/East Tennessee girl,(Bristol), now living in Richmond Virginia. Have a blessed day!

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I don’t have the answers, but if I am struggling, then I thought others might be also.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  4. Chris wrote:

    Beautiful post…….we all need to do better in loving our neighbor. Thank you for talking about what is going on in our country and reminding us what Jesus says.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      We need to keep God as our focus, and the rest will follow.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  5. Elizabeth wrote:

    Thank you for your message today.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you liked the blog today.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  6. Karen Miller wrote:

    We need to understand this now more than ever! We are all the same in God’s eyes! And by the way…my husband and our son are both redheads! ?

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Lol! I have always wanted strawberry blonde hair.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  7. Patricia Clarke wrote:

    Praying the same thing with you today, Tania. God bless us all.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Thanks, Patricia! I hope we have our hearts filled to overflowing with love for our neighbors.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  8. Angie wrote:

    Great reminders. Thank you.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      I am glad that you enjoyed the post.

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  9. Michele wrote:

    Amen ??

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
    • Tania wrote:

      Have a Blessed day!

      Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  10. Jodi Hoeck wrote:

    Great post. I like the way you expounded on the topic. Thanks for your honesty.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  11. Deborah Smith wrote:

    Thank you for this wonderful post! I too pray for my heart to be open to everyone. I love your blog! Have a blessed day!

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  12. Elizabeth Higginbotham wrote:

    Beautiful post today.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  13. Daphne wrote:

    Tania,love your message today,thank you for posting it today .

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  14. Kathie blackwell wrote:

    Wow! My struggle is real. Thank you for sharing your post and reminding me I am not the only one struggling with the evils being aimed directly at us. My prayer is that the evil ones turn to God and ask for Mercy because they have no idea how much God loves them too. I’ve been hurt and attacked this week for saying All Lives Matter. I don’t understand why that statement would offend anyone..If any of you have an answer, please explain it too me. Are we not all the same in the eyes of God???

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  15. kristin greene wrote:

    Amen. Jesus loves all the children of the world. Thanks for sharing the scripture. Great words to remember and live by.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  16. Deb wrote:

    Well said Tania!

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  17. Gayle wrote:

    Great message, Tania.

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  18. Jeanne wrote:

    AMEN. May we all learn, not to pass judgement and love one another, as God loves us!!

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  19. Claudia Stovall wrote:

    This story of the Samaritan woman has stuck with me since you posted it last week, via Transformation Church. It’s a good one. It’s hard to believe that racism has been going on for so long. This seems to be the human Achilles heel, we seem to struggle to love those that are different from us. I struggle with loving people that have wronged me. I have to work on forgiving and forgetting. Every day is a new day, and a new chance to be better!

    Posted 6.7.20 Reply
  20. Deb wrote:

    Yes! Amen! Thank you for reminding us!

    Posted 6.8.20 Reply
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