A toddler and a mirror (from here)

Do you love only those in your clique? Is there something wrong with loving only those our clique? No and yes. We are suppose to love those in our clique, but we are not supposed to show such partially.

James 2:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

In the example given in James 2, partiality is shown for the wealthy. What is probably more common, however, is showing partiality for people like me.  When we love people like us, we are just loving ourselves.

Genesis 1:26-27 says God made Man, both male and female, in His own image. That means God made all men and women in His own image. Luke 10:25-37, “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”, teaches us love all our neighbors, not just those who look like us. Therefore, when we love only those in our clique we commit two sins.

  • We disobey God’s command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
  • We idolize our self. Instead of worshiping the image of God we see our neighbors, we worship our own image, the image we see in people like our self.

Consider what Jesus about this issue.

Matthew 5:43-48 New King James Version (NKJV)

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 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, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? 48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Why would God want us to love even our enemies? If all men and women are made in God’s image, then all of us display different features of God in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Imperfectly? Yes. We are all fallen creatures. Nevertheless, we each display something of God’s character and handiwork. Even our enemies each display something of God’s character and handiwork. Because we are all different, we each also have the capacity to know something about our Creator and His Creation in our own way. So it is that when we love our neighbors, not just the people in our clique, we can gain the capacity to know God better. Through fellowship with our neighbors, when we love them and they learn to love us in return, we gain the capacity to love God more completely.


    1. As Salvageable observed in an earlier comment, agape, or Godly love, is the love a Christian has for God and for all neighbors, even for enemies. Agape love is act of the will; it is not instinctive.

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  1. The fact that we are to mirror Christ’s example clearly shows that we should love everyone. Sometimes that’s hard, but if we show genuine concern to people, we are opening a door that would have remained closed otherwise.

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    1. There is a point that people become so vile and twisted they are safe to trust, but that does not have stop us from loving them and praying for them. And as you say, for that we have the example of Christ.

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  2. Ahh Tom—this ties in so beautifully with what I read this morning from the dear bishop, Gavid Ashenden—a theme of his of recent days…one that I too will again echo in tomorrow’s post—once I warm up a tad 🙂
    It would behoove our culture to heed both your words along with our friend the bishop 🙂

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  3. Isn’t this the place to raise the difference between two Greek words? Phileo, or brotherly love, is the love any person, even a Christian, might have for the members of his or her clique. Agape, or Godly love, is the love a Christian has for God and for all neighbors, even for enemies. The first is natural; the second is characteristic of God and his people. J.

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