This word, we use it all the time and probably don’t even realize it. In the NIV Bible version it’s used almost 1000 times. But do we really understand and do we really want to grasp what it means? It literally means there is additional, differing in nature or kind and an alternative. When we are deal with a culture that is all about “ME” and yes that includes “ME”, having an “other” in the picture may be difficult.
God is the only one that can instruct us to worship no other god, because He is like No other.
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
So, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion, geographical location, size, shape, personality, upbringing or any other things that would draw us away from the “other” and it just simply may be because they are NOT LIKE “ME”, the bible tells us different.
Lord, help me be open to the “other”. Amen