“Grace, mercy, [and] peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”
This is my prayer for all of us! That’s what we need in life: grace, mercy, peace and the way is always through truth and love.
We know that Jesus is the truth:
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
We know also that God is love:
“…and the God of love and peace will be with you.”
I do have a question: how do we express love – in a practical way? One would say by caring for the needy – financially, physically, emotionally and spiritually – and basically, be there for others in all means. And still, how we do that?
My question arises out of observing various cultures. Long time ago, I heard a sermon where the preacher mentioned that in Christianity there is only one culture and I do agree under the understanding that we follow the Lords instructions, so we know which way we walk.
Nevertheless, reaching to details, it is not as simple as it seems. Example: in some cultures people consider love and respect not to intervene too much in the affairs of somebody else. In other cultures, this is considered indifference! Under the circumstances, the second culture person when the other brother does not push and insist to find out whether anything wrong, means that he is not interesting and there is no true love when the first guy just tries to show respect and allow the person to share what he really wants to allowing time and space to take its course.
Interesting, eh? But it is a fact! It happens all times! We have this sense that the way we grew up, what emotionally we were taught, what we experience within our culture and how we learn to express our feelings, is the proper way to show love.
It might be more creative to acknowledge that different cultures express themselves in various ways and try to learn at first how they move around, how they communicate love and in the meantime just remain open and tolerant. There is much that we can learn from others!
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