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Question 51:

Are there verses in the Gospels about tolerance, brotherly, and neighborly love? Can you give some explanation on this?

 

Answer: Generally speaking, the Gospels are the books that describe God’s unerring love of humankind, revealed in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. This love encourages us and enables us to practice tolerance and brotherly and neighborly love. The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew, chapters 5-7) is the prominent summary of how Jesus lived and what he taught. Among the innumerable references in the Gospels we would like to quote just representative sections from 1 Corinthians, 13, and the Letter to the Romans 12:9-21.

“If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and comprehend all mysteries, and all knowledge; if I do not have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflate, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes in all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; If knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For, we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians, 13).

„Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack In zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality. Bless those who persecute [you], bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep wit those who weep. Have the same regard for one another; do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. Beloved, do not look for revenge, but leave room for the wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. Rather, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals upon his head. Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good” (Romans 12:9-21).

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