The Savior Jesus Christ was the greatest example of humility. When he walked on earth, he was the most powerful, knowledgeable, and extraordinary man to ever live. Yet he lived a life most of us are afraid but capable of doing, and that is to simply live life thinking of ourselves less.
Although impossible for humanity to love perfectly, Heavenly Father showed us how to love when He sent His Son Jesus Christ (John 3.16) and made it His great commandment to follow His example (1 Kings 8.61). To love is to first believe in Jesus Christ because it’s only through Him we can receive His perfect love. I believe the scriptures help to understand many ways to love others, one being to refuse to take part in the sins of others, and secondly to condemn them from our own lives rather than the lives of others unless we are one given authority to do so. This helps us focus on our own repentance process, in which it shows Heavenly Father we are not taking our sins lightly, and which then reflects Christ like example of love to others. We also love others by being faithful, and showing forgiveness that is available through Jesus Christ. Even though difficult to do, I think a true act of love is treating others with respect and kindness even though they might know we don’t approve their lifestyle and or choices. But, I also believe it is not loving to allow someone to remain stuck, and with careful guidance of the holy spirit, we might be able to encourage one how to unstuck themselves in ways also provided by Jesus Christ. It is not hateful to tell a person he or she is in trouble in matters that involve us, if we can carefully avoid discouraging them from moving forward. In other words, we love the others by speaking the truth in loving ways. We hate the sin of others by refusing to condone it, or take part in it. It’s pertinent that we always pray about any situation we are found in concerning these issues, and if we make mistakes along the way which is inevitable, we can take the advice from Jesus, repent and continue to learn to love others as Jesus loves us. God bless.
Not to make any excuses for imperfections, I really liked this insight on being an example whether to children, friends, neighbors, spouses, and so on. The key to example is personal integrity. The example of an honest parent humbly struggling to live the gospel can greatly influence children. Despite what we might think, children are not discouraged by imperfect parents. In fact, parental honesty, along with parental repentance, is important. A parent who admits his own wrongs and honestly strives to overcome them is trying to become perfect. His honest behavior invites his children to be honest. Parents who honor the covenants and promises they make with God and me teach integrity to their children. Elder Andersen reminds us of Mormon 9.31, “Condemn me not because of mine imperfection, neither my father, because of his imperfection,…but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.” (Family Home Evening Resource Book)