Quick to listen
We need to be quicker to listen. Humans have a tendency to listen to respond instead of listening to understand. We then only hear what we want to hear and pounce leading to anger.
James 1:19-20 says, “19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
This has been my experience with a lot of other Christians. Most people assume what they know about being LDS but aren’t ready to understand from an actual member. We need more listening and less anger.
Be a voice for all
This is a big one. If you enjoy your religious freedoms, then it is imperative to defend the right to believe for others, even if they don’t agree with you. I think the Flying Spaghetti Monster religion is hilarious and the founder says he made it up as a joke, but I would defend their right to believe every single day.
The minute we stop defending the rights of others to worship as they see fit, our own freedoms are in danger.
Who will defend your freedoms when there is no one left who is a believer.
Proverbs 31:8 says, “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.”
When we stop defending our neighbor, we have no one left to help us.
Love one another
This is kind of a big deal also because it’s what Jesus said to do. You cannot love your neighbor if you’re cutting ties with them because they don’t hold the same religious values that you hold.
When my hubs joined the Church, we were met with a lot of opposition. People walking out of restaurants when they saw us, they would stop calling or would only call to tell us why we’re wrong.
Our kids miss their friends and the people they spent time with because the grownups can’t love us even if we believe differently.
John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
If Jesus can love us no matter what we do, we can show love to fellow Christians.