- Question: How do we love like Jesus?
- Perspective: I will love the “Other” as Jesus loved me.
- Premise: Love is a muscle that strengthens through deliberate practice
- Inspiration: “I only start counting when it starts hurting.” — Muhammad Ali
- One Another
- Our Neighbor / Our Selves
- Our Enemies (Our “Idiots”)
“The Other is an individual who is perceived by the group as not belonging, as being different in some fundamental way. … Perceived as lacking essential characteristics possessed by the group, the Other is almost always seen as a lesser or inferior being and is treated accordingly.”
“I can tolerate anything except the outgroup.” — Scott Alexander
- How has Jesus loved you?
- Whom is hardest for you to love?
- “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” — Luke 6:32
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” — Philippians 2:3
- But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” — Luke 10:29
- 6 With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God. — Micah 6:6-8
Catherine Hoke knows that doing something wrong doesn’t make you a bad person, and that one’s life shouldn’t be defined by the worst thing they’ve ever done. She works every day to make sure that’s true for others.A Second Chance: For You, For Me, And For The Rest Of Us