"It's not always easy to fight the good fight, but it is always good, and it is always right." - Anonymous.
This quote is one of my favorites. However, on the contrary, sometimes doing what is good and right doesn't necessarily have to be a stand-up, sit down, fight, fight, fight!
If we call ourselves Christians, we do so with the belief that we have received the blood of Christ, freely given as payment for our sinful ways. Christ's blood (love) poured (into our hearts) thereby saving us from eternal doom. If we, then, have been saved by such compassion - a compassion so great that He gave up His life for ours, how then can we "Christians" lack mercy for any one person?
Our hearts too should bleed for all people, just as Christ's did. John 12:32 - "And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL peoples to myself." And, Matt. 5:7 - "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy."
One of my devotionals, "Pathway To Gods Presence", beautifully states, "There were those who loved Him for His uncomplicated love of people, and through that love they got to know God and love Him."
Simple. Uncomplicated. He loves ALL. Period.
Proverbs 3:29 urges, "Do not devise evil against your neighbor, for he dwells by you for safety's sake."
Whether or not we agree with a person's lifestyle; whether or not we're comfortable with the way they look; whether or not we like the way one behaves and talks, or if we disagree with another's political views and even if they, in our opinion, lack morals. If we are truly Christians, I believe our behavior should emulate that of Jesus Christ. And Jesus made himself available to everyone. He listened, cared, and spoke the truth.
It was and still is His nature: To get to know us - that we would get to know Him.
Our knowing right from wrong, light from darkness, and peace from torment should keep us from attacking people and causing strife. Now, this is not to say that we can't speak our minds and share what we believe to be truth, as we know this is a must. But according to Proverbs 3:29, we should be the "safe place." It is in a safe place that divine healing can manifest itself. This is the spot for open and honest conversation. Here lies the place where, pain and suffering, betrayal, guilt, insecurities, addiction, and the like, may be dispelled, and at long last hearts set free!
On the other hand, if we make our views more important than people - I'm inclined to think we've missed the mark, along with the opportunity to embrace life.
The love, forgiveness, mercy, and patience my spirit has received from Christ compels me to believe with all my heart that people of every kind should feel loved and valued in our presence.
Peace out, Sister, and share the love!