It is amazing and noteworthy how sidewalk manners are changing since the pandemic broke–at least in places where I walk. More than ever before, it appears it’s just now about people. People walking in opposite directions on the sidewalk act very deferentially as they approach each other and one another. Those with more space on their side often create the needed space for social distancing and some have sometimes left the sidewalk altogether to give room to others to move/walk while maintaining the often required social distancing. This is followed by acknowledgment–by waving hands in greeting, a raised fist, or a simple ‘hello’ said from a safe distance.
So, where was all this love and consideration for people prior to the coronavirus outbreak? They were always there but not always put to real use, in some cases one may add. This makes us all human. But Jesus was and is always about people. If this is one lesson we learn from the pandemic, it is a good thing for the world and of course for people who live in the world, no matter how small a sample this might be at this point. It could very well become a trend in all facets of human life and should be encouraged. But unselfish love and consideration come from the truth of God’s Word, in a universal way. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”–FOR ALL! John 15:13. That is a situation that requires us to make a sacrifice for the comfort and convenience of others, like Jesus has shown to us although we could never match His. “You are my friends if you do what I command.” –John 15:14. When we do His commands we become better human beings–a more loving and more considerate people–our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. It shouldn’t take a coronavirus pandemic, but the love of God and His truth to spread love and consideration in the world.