I have in my life from an early age had the Joy of meeting many different people from all over the world and have been greatly blessed to be close friends with some of them; they enriched my life with their kindness and acceptance and shared with me wonderful things about their culture. I was even welcomed by some as part of their families and we are still friends even though we now live a great distance apart but we keep in touch.
If our heart is open to accept those who are different from us and those we do not understand, whose way of living and focus can leave us confused although perhaps intrigued too, then we will not have fear and reject them.
A Loving Heart seeks to bridge the differences accepting everyone as people of worth and not in any way less or inferior which brings Unity and Joy.
Does that mean our friendship will always be accepted, sadly no but that does not stop us from showing Love and acceptance to them. It does not mean we have to accept the wrong they do or what they believe that is in error, there is only one Truth and that’s Gods and we are to stand up for it but we willingly offer help if needed and understanding and compassion, in other words we always leave a door open.
What if their intent is to harm us, of course we do not say come and get me! We seek protection and we distance ourselves but we do not plan revenge, we are to forgive and pray for our enemies and if able do good to them.
If we take the time to be friends regardless of differences we will be greatly blessed.
Below is a few very worthwhile links to check out by Karin and Elissa who have shared in different ways what our focus is to be in regard to to those who are very differant from us. Elissa has detailed about those who are a threat to our well-being and how we are to respond to them with Jesus’ Love.
Friendship that blossoms from the heart brings the fragrance of great Joy and the colour of the buds or the size, makes no difference.