Knowing what the Bible says, and believing it, is indispensable for healthy living. However, too many Christians who know a lot of the Bible relate to that knowledge in such a way that instead of their knowledge helping them become more like Christ, that is, more loving, kind, and compassionate toward others, the “truth” that they know causes them to separate from others. They find it difficult to be in meaningful relationships with others who do not believe like they do.
This teaching shows that Jesus had both truth and a deep love for others—and the sinners, prostitutes, and tax collectors felt his love and wanted to be around him. Right doctrine did not separate Jesus Christ from sinners and those in the wrong, so why should we be different? This teaching sets forth some keys about how to enter into relationships with those who do not believe as you do.