Someone who seemed quite sincere in his desire to live his Christian faith once asked me to suggest passages of Scripture that provide helpful guidance for interacting with and relating to other people in ways appropriate for a Christian.
See what you think of these words from Jesus and the Apostle Paul:
“My commandment is this: love one another just as I love you.” (John 15:12)
“Do for others just what you want them to do for you.” (Luke 6:31)
“Do not judge others, so that God will not judge you, for God will judge you in the same way you judge others and will apply to you the same rules you apply to others.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
“Be humble, gentle and patient always. Show your love by being helpful to one another.”
“Do not use harmful words in talking. Use only helpful words, the kind that build up ... so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.” (Ephesians 4:29)
“Help carry one another’s burdens.” (Galatians 6:2)
“Be kind and tender hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
“My brothers, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way.” (Galatians 6:1)
“Let us not become tired of doing good. As often as we have the chance we should do good to others.” (Galatians 6:9-10)
Perhaps by now you are recalling other passages that offer guidance and direction for interacting with and relating to others in a Christian way. I would welcome your suggestions as to how to enhance my list.
I pray that all of us may both learn from scripture how better to live the Christian life and through faith gain the moral courage and spiritual strength to do it.
Grace and peace to you.
THE REV. G. DANIEL MCCALL IS MINISTER OF PASTORAL CARE AT FAIRVIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN NORTH AUGUSTA.