With so much hate, anger, resentment, and bitterness going on in the world, I felt the need to talk about Love, Kindness, Connection, and Unity.....all that sums up to one word....LOVE.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER. (( ok these are three words, but here me out ))
How hard is it for you to Love Others....To Love One Another? Is it so painful as if you were getting your wisdom teeth pulled out? (( granted you are probably numb during that procedure, but you get my drift)).
Can you truly love someone even when the winds change? I'm talking about a group of people that are judged too much.....they are ridiculed for their choices, for voicing who they feel they are, many are being killed, threatened, bullied and even commit suicide.... its not right. God didn't teach us to JUDGE who should be "punished", God taught us to Love one another. Last time I checked, the only true judge is the Lord.
In John 13:34
"A New Commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." I counted the word LOVE three times in that verse.
MAYBE the Lord is telling us something..... I don't know maybe to LOVE ONE ANOTHER... just a hunch.
I have learned to grow a Love for the LGBT community. For some, that may come as a shock, and to others you're not surprised. But I have some thoughts that I would like to share, and maybe I can give you a different perspective on how you can Love One Another; even if it is different.
I am going to be honest with you in my feelings and how everything started to where I am at now.
I have a brother that is Gay.
Was it hard when he first came out and told all of us; Yes. Was I looking forward to him getting married and for me to gain another sister? Yes; But I still Love him. He is still my brother. He makes me laugh, he has a great personality, he has every movie line memorized to make any conversation humorous, he is AMAZING with Kids, he is a flippn' handsome (even if I do say so myself), he is smart, he has a strong compassion for the Environment, and he's Real. I love him for Who he is.
I am strong in my beliefs; 'I believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost', but I also believe that all men/women are created equal and I am not here to push or offend others with what they believe for themselves. I believe that 'God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.' (Genesis 1:27)
With that, we were not placed here on the earth to judge and be cruel to others with their beliefs and choices that they have made. We are here to lift and help others succeed and be happy in life. I think that is a definition of showing Love and Kindness towards others.
My love for all of my LGBT friends was not always like this to say the least. When I was younger, it was hidden, and many were embarrassed or ashamed of mentioning let alone talking about it. I will be honest; it was awkward for me when I knew friends were gay. I truly didn't know how to respond.
Times have changed and everyone is very comfortable and open about it. So for many of us that are not around all of these people, its different and can be slightly uncomfortable to view.
But does it need to be uncomfortable for you? It is a choice.
Let me give you a different perspective...... I believe in waiting to be intimate and living together until you get married. I have many friends that choose not too.....
Do I love them any less? Am I uncomfortable around them? Do I judge them for their choices??
NO...NO....and a BIG FAT NO!!!!
I love them because of who they are, they are my friends and they have a huge place in my heart.
Everybody gets to make their own choices in life. We are only responsible for ourselves ( unless you have kids under the age of 18, yes...don't forget them as well) . BUT, We can't MAKE people CHANGE....we CAN'T MAKE people CHOOSE the path that WE THINK THEY SHOULD TAKE.
But, what YOU CAN DO is take ACTION and show Love to those individuals!! Like everyone else, all of the LGBT's just want to be LOVED.
So how are you going to show more LOVE?
1 Thessalonians 3:12
"And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:"
I stand up for my brother to tell him that he is Loved. That I Love him. I hope all of the LGBT's feel welcome in any church, in any home, and in any arms.