Hands and hearts, not walls
Here is another Five Minute Friday prompt: one word, five minutes to write, a community to connect with and express our thoughts. Today, the word is "disagree."
My first thought is "Wow, this is a loaded word that came lead to understanding or distance." I cringe at this word since it brings so much pain that my head rings and my back aches.
I can agree that we do not share the same view. I can agree that I have made mistakes. I can agree that I can do better by listening first. I can agree that you are hurt. I am too. I will always agree that I will always love you even if you do not respond in a similar way. I agree that my heart and mind will never forget you.
I only disagree on one part. I disagree that a principle is more important than a person, that a rule is stronger than a relationship, that law is more essential than love.
When asked by his disciples what the greatest commandment was, Jesus did not cite one of the ten commandments. Instead, he said, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind," and he followed with a corollary to this commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22: 37, 39 NIV). To substantiate his claim, Jesus explained this foundational belief, "All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22: 40).
I do not make an argument for my rightness, but I claim the righteousness of my Lord and Savior who came not to abolish but fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17 NIV). The fulfillment of G-D's law is LOVE, and an act of love is forgiveness. If you disagree with this viewpoint, then you disagree with the Lord, not me. I do not make this perceptive, I only try to follow it.
I do not try to prove myself to be superior. I only provide the supreme character of G-D. First and foremost, He is love and when we see and give love we are in the presence of G-D: "Whoever does not love, does not know G-D because G-D is love" (1 John 4:8); " And so we know and rely on the love G-D has for us. G-D is love. Whoever lives in love lives in G-D, and G-D in them (1 John 4:16).
Love equals life and life equals G-D. It is a simple formula for peace. It eliminates the need to disagree when we can all agree that we have love for each other and stand beside each other with open hearts.
Peace, joy, and love, my friends.