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- The first step toward racial healing is listening, and the second step is love. Love starts with God, which he demonstrated when he sent Jesus to die on all of our behalves.
- The first part of Jesus’s greatest commandment is to love God with our all. It is this love that bleeds out into the second greatest commandment: loving our neighbors as ourselves. Loving God with our all should change us into people who love our neighbors as ourselves.
- God has created all of us differently, with unique gifts and dispositions so we can strengthen one another to work together toward building God’s kingdom in the world.
- People have a natural tendency to love themselves and their own people or communities before they are willing to love people who are different.
- We can experience love and acceptance from people who demonstrate Jesus’s teachings in their actions.
- All people are created in God’s image, which means all people are valuable in God’s eyes.
- We need to “mind of Christ” to truly love our neighbors. But Jesus even washed Judas’s feet shortly before he betrayed him.
- On some level, we are all victims, but we cannot adopt a “victim mentality.” At some point, we must move forward and transcend our circumstances and histories, but we also cannot dismiss wrongdoing, especially when it continually occurs.
Luke 10:36-37 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
This is part 2 of 3 in the Steps to Racial Healing series.