Truth be told, I have come to accept the fact that loving people who are not like me simply isn’t in me. When somebody gets on my nerves, or they do things I really can’t relate to, my natural inclination is to tune them out at best, or worst case to say something ugly to them. Usually it’s people on the road, not my LGBT friends. Or sometimes people at work…

It’s only when I stay aware of the radically unfair love of my Father for me that I can slow down, and begin to see the actions of others as their being victims of sin/deception in their own lives. We have only one enemy, and he is not human! That turkey buzzard (satan) is constantly attacking us and others, always saying things like, “you can’t REALLY trust God to meet your heart’s desires”, or, “you don’t REALLY deserve forgiveness for THAT”. Like I said, turkey buzzard.

As we rest, truly rest in His love for us – his crazy, unending, patently and wonderfully unfair love for each of us, that we can begin to see others as He sees us – His children, too often impacted by poor choices because of the lies we are constantly told. When I see myself and others as victims of the enemies’ lies and attacks, it makes it much easier for me to forgive myself, love myself, and love others. It’s Christ in me Who helps me in this regard, cuz’ it’s just not in me otherwise.