Love thy friends and thy enemies. I often forget there’s more in the margin of Love thy neighbor.

Such as, love thy former friends. And thy future ones. Love thy past enemies. Love the burying of thine hatchets.

Love the least; the destitute, downtrodden, and discouraged. Should you be predisposed to love the least the most, learn to love the ones whose beauty, wit, and intelligence surpass your own. Learn to love common ground. Learn to find where your gifts fill gaps.

Love thy local demographics. Love thy immigrant, thy hipster, thy young professional, thy retiree. Love thy librarian, thy security guard, thy intern, thy barista, thy cop. Love thy readers of Dostoyevsky and thy readers of Twilight. Love thy historians of Bonhoeffer and thy historians of Bieber.

Love thy professors, accommodating and stringent alike. Love thy academic community and contribute prudently. Love thy roommate and love those who are not thy roommate but frequently inhabit thy room. Be hospitable to them. Love thy freshmen and thy alumni.

Love those who do not understand you, and those you fail to understand. Love those who think they know but have no idea. Love those you think you know all about. Love the fragile and the resilient alike. Love the untrustworthy, the inarticulate, the obstinate, the abrasive, and the overdramatic, and thank heaven for those who love you as such.

Love thy church, but love thy Church more. Love thy pastor and love thy congregation. Love those who leave thy church, and love when you leave thy church. Love those who love laws. Love those who understand life together and those who do not. Love thy cynics and thy visionaries. Love thy saint and thy sinner.

Love thy authority, love thy subordinate. Love those who can’t take the hint. Love those who won’t take your advice. Love those who preach to you and those who preach at you. Love those you call out and those who call you out. Love those who obey and those who rebel. Love those you fight for and those you oppose. Love those who forget years and miles and roots, even when you long to remind them. Love those who break your heart and those whose hearts you break. Love those who hold it against you. Love those who forgive your faults and those who do not.

Keep no score, but love those who do.


7 thoughts on “Seams.

  1. Well thought, well written… well done, Miss Noelle! To love like this is to Love as Jesus loved. In fact, we are never more like Jesus than when we love and live is this way: preferring one another, serving one another, forgiving others and/or seeking their forgiveness for a wrong done (either expressed or implied) or for an opportunity missed… regardless of who they are or what they have done or what they have failed to do.

    “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you prove to be sons of your Father in heaven… For if you only love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the unbelievers do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the unbelievers do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Jesus, Matt. 5:44, 46-48)

    “…not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh and unreasonable. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are buffeted for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer for it, and patiently endure it, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” (1Peter 2:18-24)

    “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jesus, John 13:34–35)

  2. Wow, that covers just about everything. Guess that means I should love everyone. =)

    Thank you Noelle for this reminder. And thank you jfo, for the apt quoting of those passages.

    “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.”

    ~ G.K. Chesterton

  3. All I can say is – Wow! What a challange to us as Chriastians to love EVERYBODY!
    Thanks for sharing these important truths with us!

  4. Hi Noelle! It’s nice to meet your heart on the pages of your blog…I moseyed over from the YLCF and well, stayed for a visit. Your who and why page? Pure poetry. And your passion for India inspires.

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