A Christian squire writes:
How can I say that I love God if a hate my brother who is made in his image?
Yes, my brother is hard to know. Yes my brother is dirty in mind and body. Yes my brother cheats. Yes my brother is greedy. Yes my brother steals. Yes my brother kills.
But is that why I hate him?
Or is it because I see in this image of God the mirror image of myself?
I see my deeds reflected back at me.
I see my soul clearly when I see the soul of the other.
Why my Lord do I pray for justice for my brother and mercy for myself?
How do I love the one who hates me?
How do I love the one that hurts me?
Is it my pride that says I am too good to be hated?
Is it my pride that says I am too good to be hurt?
Why not be the one that is cheated: if it means that the name of Christ is glorified?
Why not be the one that is hated: if it means Christ could be loved?
The student is not greater than the Master.
If He was hated and I am loved what does that mean?
I hate my brother because he is me.
I fear being hurt because I am not ready to be as the Master was.
But because of the Master I see I was blind but now…