προφητεία - Tell It Forth
The Word that Rules

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We cannot love our neighbors as ourselves if we refuse to take the effort to see the world through our neighbors' eyes or try to imagine life in his or her skin.

We cannot love our neighbor without learning to sing the songs of lament and the entire book of Lamentations. We cannot love our neighbor by telling him or her what he or she should be or not be feeling. We cannot love our neighbor without tears. We cannot love our neighbor by having an answer for every word our neighbor speaks in fear or frustration. We love our neighbor more with our ears than our words.

When we do use words, we love our neighbor more by what we speak on behalf of our neighbor than what we say to that neighbor. We cannot love our neighbor by taking our scripts from Job's friends and having all the trite answers organized and ready to spout.

We cannot love our neighbor without working at it and putting aside our own interests and opinions long enough to understand. We cannot love our neighbor while belittling our neighbor.

And ... we cannot love God without loving our neighbor.

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