Does the name Louis Saurez ring a bell to anyone? How about Mike Tyson? These guys have a couple things in common. First, they’re incredible athletes. Second, they’ll be remembered in part for knawing on other human beings. Mike Tyson munched on Evander Hollyfields ear and Louis Saurez is famous for leaving marks after nibbling on an Italian defenders shoulder during the world cup this last summer.
I like how the two passages interplay this morning. Paul writes to the Romans about loving ones neighbor in the first passage. Then in the second passage Paul writes to the Galatians and says “Stop Biting!!” Its funny if you think about it. When we stop loving others we start getting critical.. whiny.. jealous.. gossipy and… well.. sort of biting. Honestly, when I look around, one of the greatest ways we fail to love each other is biting. This gossiping, whiny and critical attitude towards others. Aside from Mike Tyson and Louis Saurez.. do you know who gets whiny and starts biting? Children. Toddlers mostly. We’re never going to love others well until we stop biting. Doesn’t mean you can’t disagree with others. You can. Just don’t bite them. Give it some thought.. we’re all biters… who do we need to stop biting?