The Golden Rule: Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.
Matt 7:12 (NLT)
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, we were “all in this together”, sacrificing personal freedoms and conveniences in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. We understood the need to deny ourselves for the sake of others. We were beautifully selfless.
Together we denied ourselves, took up our crosses, and practiced self-giving love (Mark 8:34).
Our tentative steps forward are less united. Some of us remain fearful and feel safer at home, perhaps because we are, or are living with, someone at risk. Some are comfortable moving toward ‘normal’, confident in masks and social distancing. Others resist any restriction. Opinions differ. Comfort levels differ.
Love means respecting and even honoring our differences.
Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and mutual edification Paul instructs the Romans, abstain from a behavior if it will offend the person you’re with (Romans 14:19). In other words, honor the other person even if you disagree, even if you know better. For the Romans it meant not eating meat. In our present situation it means wear a mask when it makes the person you’re with more comfortable. Guard their safety. Honor their wishes even if you disagree.
The Golden Rule asks us to step into another’s shoes and exhibit the kind of love we’d want to receive. God’s guidance for reopening after COVID is clearly rooted in love.
Bear with one another… and above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:13-14 (NRSV)
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
John 13:35 (NRSV)
Are you curious about why Christians claim that self-denial is the way to true life? Read about Losing One Life to Gain a Better One or Giving Control to Jesus.
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