TGR-04: Loving The Other

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Enlightened “Self” Interest
  • 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

Loving

  1. God
  2. One Another
  3. Our Neighbor / Our Selves
  4. Our Enemies (Our “Idiots”)

Our Other

“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

Discussion

  • How has Jesus loved you?
  • Whom is hardest for you to love?

Verses

  • “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
  • 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?
    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?
    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

Bibliography

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.

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