Say you love God but hate your neighb...

Say you love God but hate your neighbor, you are a liar.

“God is love.”

Since: Mar 07

Central Texas

#1 Jul 13, 2007
1 John 4:20 calls Christians to a high standard that seems difficult to keep: "If anyone says,'My love is fixed on God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.'"

So, if I hate Osama Bin Laden, my next door neighbor who parks on my lawn, or Bill Clinton, Jesus says that I'm lying if I also claim to love God.

I think this gells nicely with, Luke: "You are to love God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your NEIGHBOR as yourself."

Christians are certainly called to a higher standard, and many, including myself find this hard to follow. Yet God is mercifull and gives us many chances.

Nothing such as loving our neighbor is impossible with God!

“ I Am She SaHum”

Since: Apr 07

World

#2 Jul 13, 2007
liseux wrote:
1 John 4:20 calls Christians to a high standard that seems difficult to keep: "If anyone says,'My love is fixed on God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.'"
So, if I hate Osama Bin Laden, my next door neighbor who parks on my lawn, or Bill Clinton, Jesus says that I'm lying if I also claim to love God.
I think this gells nicely with, Luke: "You are to love God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your NEIGHBOR as yourself."
Christians are certainly called to a higher standard, and many, including myself find this hard to follow. Yet God is mercifull and gives us many chances.
Nothing such as loving our neighbor is impossible with God!
I like this
NitaM

Dillon, SC

#3 Jul 16, 2007
Love can move mountains. Can I get an AMEN. Outthere in cyberspace and the world.

Peace,

NitaM
NitaM

Dillon, SC

#4 Jul 16, 2007
Liseux and for all:

Here is a Catholic joke (in good taste) for ya'll:

From Kenneth Myers

It happened one day that a brand new priest was asked by the family to make a sick call at the hospital bedside of a dying man. This individual was a well known enemy of the Faith, having long and loudly resisted the call to conversion. The priest, forgetting the Holy Spirit, was sure that his eloquence and presence alone would bring the patient to a complete change of heart, so he confidently walked right up to the man's bed and began preaching.

The initial furious expression on the face of the patient was not surprising. But it soon gave way to serious concern and then growing panic. He was waving his arms and gesturing imploringly toward the priest. The priest, who noticed these changes with some pride, continued his sermon without pause. By now, the poor man, uttering a strangled cry, scribbled something on a piece of paper.

Well, now, thought the priest, I really am a gifted speaker, what a dramatic and sudden deathbed conversion!
Then he read the note: You are standing on my oxygen line. LOL
__________

“God is love.”

Since: Mar 07

Central Texas

#5 Jul 19, 2007
That's pretty funny.

Thanks Nita!
KeKe

Olive Branch, MS

#6 Aug 1, 2007
liseux wrote:
1 John 4:20 calls Christians to a high standard that seems difficult to keep: "If anyone says,'My love is fixed on God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.'"
So, if I hate Osama Bin Laden, my next door neighbor who parks on my lawn, or Bill Clinton, Jesus says that I'm lying if I also claim to love God.
I think this gells nicely with, Luke: "You are to love God with all your heart, with all our soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your NEIGHBOR as yourself."
Christians are certainly called to a higher standard, and many, including myself find this hard to follow. Yet God is mercifull and gives us many chances.
Nothing such as loving our neighbor is impossible with God!
That is not what it means. You don't have to like anyone but u have to love them. Love is the key term. U don't have to like Osama but u have to love him. I don't like him but I love'em cuz that's my brother in Christ. And he calls u a liar becuz u can't love a man u neva saw(God) and hate a man u see everyday.(neighbor)

“God is love.”

Since: Mar 07

Central Texas

#7 Aug 11, 2007
Your explanation gels with what I said- you must love your enemy, or not say you are a lover of God.

Keke, are you saying that you can "dislike" your enemies and this can be your vehicle for getting around the call to not hate. Sounds like you're still wanting to hate.
mark

Pinola, MS

#8 Aug 1, 2009
Jesus loved the pharisees, but he didn't like them. He called them snakes. You can love someone without liking them
natrix49

Tempe, AZ

#9 Feb 14, 2010
mark wrote:
Jesus loved the pharisees, but he didn't like them. He called them snakes. You can love someone without liking them
One of those things where ya love the person, just now what they do....
Akoni

Toronto, Canada

#10 Feb 13, 2011
How can you love the person if you dislike him? This is jst my opinion.. It's true Jesus didn't tell us to like everybody but to love them. In what way??? To love them not on the basis of feelings but based on their dignity as a human being/person & as a child of God. You dont expect all people to like you but you expect people to respect you based on dignity no matter how simple you are. To give a thirsty stranger a glass water is already a sign of love & respect as a person. It's that simple. Jst like a married couple... They vowed to be together thro thick & thin til death they part. But they can only fulfill this vow if their love is based on commitment & not on mere feelings. Wht will happen if your feelings or sensations are gone so does ot mean you will look for new ones? Love based on commitment to serve & share jst a little of wht you have is all thats expected of us. This is what Jesus meant. This is jst my opinion but hope it gives light. Thnks.
Patricia

Dallas, TX

#12 May 28, 2012
Liking someone and loving someone are two completely different things. People you like are those with whom you have some common ground. You share ideas, interests & activities. You can like someone for their character, their appearance, their integrity or for any other reason. Its focused on the other person as the key to your feelings.

Loving someone, on the other hand, has nothing to do with the other persons behavior, commonality, or virtue. It has everything to do with your choice to be obedient to God. After all...and think about this...we were quite unlovable when Christ died for us.
paul shykora arts

Calgary, Canada

#13 May 28, 2012
nathaniel bolton wrote:
<quoted text> God is LOVE, and I am grateful for HIS LOVE
..THE Supreme GOD just is.....''IT'',not a he.....eh..

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