1 John 1:8-9 (NIV)
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
If you took a survey, asking people if they had a problem with prejudice, you’d find that the issue is almost nonexistent! Nobody thinks they are guilty of that. After all, most people don’t carry out huge atrocities against humanity. Most people don’t commit hate crimes. Most people don’t insight riots by using racial slurs. See, most people think you have to do something “big” to be guilty of prejudice.
Do you know what prejudice is? It’s forming negative opinions about people without knowing them or having any facts about them. Now, if we’re being honest, we do that every day. We buy into stereotypes. We allow other people’s opinions to influence us. We believe gossip.
When Jesus commanded us to love our neighbors, there weren’t any qualifiers on that. It wasn’t, “Love your neighbors who are as popular as you.” It wasn’t, “Love your neighbors who are the same race as you.” It wasn’t even, “Love your neighbors who you like.” God’s love is given to all, and Jesus intends for us to share it with everyone. How are you doing with that?
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