Unselfish Love

Everybody has rights. The American Declaration of Independence says that every person has certain rights. Some of these rights are to live freely and to do things that make us happy. We also have the right to protect ourselves from letting other people hurt us.
It is true that we have these rights. But Jesus taught us that there is something more important than defending our personal rights. Jesus said that it is more important for us to love other people unselfishly. In today’s Bible Reading, Jesus gave many examples of how people will try to destroy our rights. But Jesus taught us to respond with love instead of anger.
In Romans 14:13-15 and 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Paul wrote about giving up personal rights because we love other people.
Jesus gave up His rights and died for us. Why? Because He loves us. We should follow His example. If we truly have love, helping others will be more important than protecting our own rights.