Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
It doesn’t get more clear than this as far as instructions are concerned. Yet, why is it that we find it so difficult at times to “love thy neighbor”? Is it that we focus so much on our differences and labels that we lose sight of what it is that unites us all as God’s precious children? Is it that we are so wrapped up in separating ourselves based on differences in religion, politics, language, culture, gender, race, socio-economic background, and politics that we are actually putting our common basic humanity aside?
Differences and diversity can strengthen the fabric of our world but if we forget our humanity and neglect to respect each other, that fabric unravels. It would be like a rainbow that is missing the color red… or purple… or green. The rainbow loses it’s splendor when one color is left out. It ceases to be a true rainbow.
What would it take for us to be more patient, more kind, more open-minded, and more compassionate? What extra efforts must we make to be more human? What has God not given you to be more kind and patient? Has He not given you a heart, and eyes, and ears? Or perhaps it is a matter of praying for an opportunity to have that change of heart, that opportunity to use the ears to listen or the opportunity to open the eyes so you can see we are all pretty much the same deep inside, trying to be decent people.