Unfortunately, I’m one of those persons who claims that she’s never got time for reading. I don’t read books, I never had that interest and it’s doubtful that I will ever have it either. However, the times I read, I prefer going for literature which might bring something to my life. Classics, for instance. Most people have read at least one classic book in their life, and occasionally classics are rated as general knowledge. In that case, it’s no wrong with being educated!
I have one favorite book, though, that I could read till the end of time. It’s the Bible. If you’re reading this post and thinking of leaving because you’re not Christian, give me just five minutes to explain why the Bible is the best book ever written. Not only because it’s the Holy Scripture of Christianity, but because it says some real badass stuff in there! I’ll show ya!
Let’s start from the beginning, of this post, and go with “love your enemies”. Do you even understand how hard that would be? Loving the meanest girl in your class, the bullies of the schoolyard, the freak who crashed into your car or the maniacs or terrorists of this world. Loving ALL of those. That’s what the Bible think we can do. I think that’s pretty freaking awesome!
Another similar couple of verses are from Matthew 5:44-45: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
“As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
– Luke 6:37 + 6:31
Sometimes a middle-aged woman just raises from nowhere in my head and sings “Amen!” It usually happens when I read things like this.
You don’t have to go to church every Sunday, I believe this piece of advice goes for any creature on this earth. I think it’s rather given that you should treat people nicely if you want them to be nice to you. Don’t you think so too? I hope your answer is yes. Not to everybody it is, though.
“First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
– Matthew 7:5
You’d might need to read the whole story to understand this message, but it reflects the situation where we point out all of the mistakes that people around us do, when we’re actually doing the same. What makes us think we can do one thing when others can’t? We are humans, on equal terms.
“Whoever would be great among you must be your servant.”
– Mark 10:43
If you don’t believe in a heaven or an almighty creator, this may be weird for you to take in. I still think this line deserves a deal of respect, though. Serve instead of being served. Don’t be the person who takes and never gives. Though when you give, don’t expect to get something back. See the ones who others ignore, and do good to those who others disrespect… This verse says a lot to me.
“To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.”
– Luke 6:29
Are you kidding me? If somebody hits me, I would just stand there and say: “Okay, now you can punch me here, and when you’ve done that you can continue here.” Eh, I don’t think so!
Sometimes it can be difficult interpreting the words written. This isn’t only about punches and thieves, this is about being the bigger person. If somebody treats you badly, don’t treat them in the same way. Be good to them. But if you’d catch up with the shoplifter who took your cellphone just to say: “Here, take the charger and my headphones too!”, boy, you’d be the craziest (most beautiful) badass ever being born!
“You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.”
– Acts 10:28
This would be the last verse for now, I promise! Still I think it’s an appropriate way to conclude things. If you’ve ever read the Bible, you’d know that one of the things with Jesus is that he doesn’t care about what others think of something. He visits the homes of the people that society dismisses. He sees the ones that no one sees and he loves the ones that no one loves. Quite a character, I’d say.
We are working on this today, to erase the discrimination and racism in our world, more than ever before. And I honestly believe that we can make it one day. It’s nothing you change over a night, though, but did you know that there are some situations you could actually affect?
In my class, there was this girl that everybody avoided. I’m sorry for saying this, but I could understand why. She could say truly inappropriate things sometimes, without intending to offend at all and her diagnoses made it hard for her to understand the problem in what she said, even if people told her (yet she wasn’t really that bad). It didn’t take long until all of my classmates gave up on her and let her be alone though, as if she deserved it. I’m gonna be honest, I wasn’t exactly going to invite her home either, but I didn’t mind being her friend while being in school. I had friends already, she didn’t. So if I could make her life a little less lonely, even if it would challenge my patience, I thought it was worth it.
Maybe you don’t believe in Jesus, but regardless if you’re a Christian or not I hope you felt inspired by this. And if you don’t believe it’s badass stuff, why don’t you go out and put the missions into practice? How hard could it be, right? (If you didn’t notice, that was sarcasm!) ♥︎
Be good to each other,