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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %BIBLE JESUS CHRIST GREAT COMMAND LAW LOVE GOD SIN+930909 %NEIGHBOR VISIT PRISON NAKED HUNGRY LEAST CHILD 930909 The Bible is clear that it is ultimately important to love God and neighbor, and that in the fulfillment of the commandment to love God and neighbor is the fulfillment of the rest of the law and the prophets. What does it mean to love God and neighbor? Does it mean that we should: 1. Conform to their wishes and expectations, accepting their judgements as good and proper? 2. Help them when they refuse to take good care of themselves in honest ways? 3. Sacrifice our personal integrity to hide their lack of integrity, honesty and diligence? 4. Feel good towards them and speak well of them? 5. Be sympathetic and solicitous towards them? 6. Encourage them to be true to themselves and to others in maintaining their integrity? 7. Give them the gift of security which is the freedom to be safely vulnerable in honest relationships? 8. Take time to be with them and visit with them? 9. Be honest with them about our experiences, perceptions, and feelings about our relationships. 10. Meet with them in the holy presence of God who creates us and sustains us and guides us in being our unique selves? 11. Tell them how they should behave to be accept- able to us and to God? 12. Make judgements about how they have failed to live up to God's requirements of them? 13. Punish them when they fall short of the mark of perfection which they should reach? 14. Encourage them to try harder through our impo- sition of excommunication, banishment, and dis-fellow-shipping? 15. When they do not conform, judge them to be evil people with whom we must not associate if we are to be saved ourselves? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================