My home blog project was born in the year 2019. One of its foundations is to bring awareness and value to tolerance. Others say that tolerance is an unfavorable attitude because it means bearing something painful or unkind. But, I believe that tolerance has more to this ordinary table than meets the eye.
Tolerance means Benevolent
And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”John 8:7 (see the complete story here)
Jesus reminds us of how we must treat each other. Instead of judging our neighbors of what interest, action, sex, cultures, traditions, etc., he or she may have, it’s our obligation to practice tolerance. Being tolerant means humility and peaceful coexistence. Tolerance means accepting the values of others. Being tolerant means practicing benevolence.
I always remember the story of the Good Samaritan in this concept.
25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
28 And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
29 But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion.
34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
35 And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
37 He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
During that time, Samaritans are considered enemies and outsiders. Despite being judged, the Samaritan has not regarded his neighbor but practice benevolence. He showed mercy, compassion, and respect. I think this is one of the best illustrations of why we must practice tolerance. Instead of throwing stones against each other, we can rather share the blessings of life with one another.
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