Love and Matthew 5-7

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When one thinks of love, he thinks of affection towards another person, but in the case of Matthew 5-7, Rumi, and Mo Tzu; love goes beyond loving another person. There are three ways love is interpreted in these texts: love for God, love for yourself, and love for others. Matthew 5-7 talks the importance of becoming self-successful before helping others, while Rumi discusses the need to love ourselves and become wiser. Mo Tzu argues that we should love others, work together, and treat each other equally to live in a better world. When people talk about love, it means putting that persons needs before yours, but these texts show that worshipping a God or higher power comes before everything else. Each of the texts gives their own interpretation on love, but they can be looked at deeper than just the superficial meaning. It is not only about what the author’s interpretation is, but the religious background that makes love stand out in their own way. Matthew 5-7 are the chapters of the bible that talk about love for God and how to ask Him for help. In the Catholic culture you must love God and “let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your father who is in heaven” (Matthew 221). We must not only pray to God, but praise him; the golden rule for these chapters states that we must “ask, and it will be given to [us]” (Matthew 225). Asking God for help in prayer is important because he will always be there for us when we need Him.

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