A good friend and neighbor used this quote from Elaine Cannon recently. I thought I’d share.
On one occasion a group of us were talking about a person we all knew who had a particularly difficult personality problem. Suddenly Dr. Eyring changed the tone of the talk with his comment, “I hope I will always be tolerant of those who sin differently from me.”
Oh, Dr. Eyring wasn’t talking only about those blatant cardinal wrongdoings we all try to avoid. He was suggesting the importance of keeping the second great commandment and oft-repeated counsel from God to love each other-imperfect though we might be. And that goes for loving our enemies, too “Those who sin differently….” what a revelation into a man’s motivation! What a secret to the implementation for good relationships in our own lives!
But Dr. Eyring didn’t merely tolerate others, remember. He sought to know them better. With knowledge comes understanding, and the miracle of love comes next.