For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?
Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet only your friends, what more are you doing than others?
Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Jesus does not call only to unconditional love, but also to objectivity and tolerance. It is so easy to accept and relate to people who like us. We can readily see their strong points and talents and accept the flaws that are part of who they are. They do not intimidate us and if there is a choice to be made they are the ones we choose. The difficulty is to be objective enough to acknowledge the gifts of those with whom we are not comfortable or whose personalities may grate on us. Personal relationships are one thing, but when we see this happening at other levels it is more distressing. It takes inner strength to choose on the basis competence rather than personality or affability. We make this mistake politically and in other institutions to the detriment of the whole. The result opens us to the question: ”If you do this what reward will you have? What more are you doing than others?”
Let us bear with one another in love
Review your own objectivity and tolerance toward others. How does this reveal itself when you have to make important choices? What determines how you vote in elections?
Judge not, that you be not judged.
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.
I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8
Accepting all the good and bad about someone. It’s a great thing to aspire to. The hard part is actually doing it.
Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity.
Tolerance only for those who agree with you is no tolerance at all.
I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not.
Never judge someone
By the way he looks
Or a book by the way it’s covered;
For inside those tattered pages,
There’s a lot to be discovered