Treat others the same way you want them to treat you, DUH. (Luke 6:31)

In case you didn’t catch it, the ‘DUH’ is my own emphasis.

There’s been so much going on around the world and within America. I’ve had a variety of moments come to mind – some amazing, some not so amazing. If anything, it’s made me more grateful for having been taught how to love and accept others; and more importantly, how I’m grateful for having a diverse group of friends.

There are various verses in the Bible regarding how you should keep your company and who to be around in order to grow and learn as a person. I do take that advice to heart, but what about when your closest friends consist of a Muslim, atheists, lapsed Catholic, and a Christian? Lapsed Catholic might be being polite, maybe she’s more an atheist? I don’t know! (haven’t chatted about it in ages, but that’s okay.)

Two are better than one because they have a more satisfying return for their labor; for if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 1 Cor 15:33

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. Luke 6:31

And then you other others sprinkled throughout Proverbs. For example, 12:26, 13:20, 17:17, 18:24, 19:20, 22:24-25.

If I were to easily interpret these verses, it doesn’t matter if they’re of the same faith.

I’ve fallen and these ladies have been there for me, because of them I’ve never felt alone.

They’re not bad company and I tend to encourage another drink or two at times.

We treat one another the way we want to be treated and if there’s a rough day/time, we know how to acknowledge our words/actions and apologize.

Each of these friends are aware of my faith, I’m aware of their opinions, and they know I respect them and their beliefs. I’ve had many conversations that are informative, educational, debates, and sometimes we’ve had clashing moments; yet, we’ve always walked away in love!

There’s been so many times when someone gets that weird look in their eye when I mention my friends of another faith and finding out they’re basically my family, not an acquaintance. In fact, if I were to go based on the ‘stereotypes’ of what family should be based on TV and pop culture, they’ve been more like my family than biological family members.

Family is what you make it. Friendship is what you make it. Love is what you make it.

While some may believe in God and His son, some may believe in a higher power, and some just don’t believe either exist, we still have the ability to love. I believe that we’ve all been created with that ability and it’s learned by example and by choice. Just as we can treat others the way we want to be treated, if we choose.

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