I’ve said it a number of times already in my blog posts, but I want to remind you again that we must love everyone. God doesn’t want us to pick and choose who we love.
In the following verse from St Luke’s gospel, we get some instructions on how we should react or respond in some rather unpleasant situations:
Luke 6:27 (The Message)
Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.
This list above is not the ultimate list of situations, however it does tell us that whatever the situation we find ourselves in, no matter how pleasant, we must respond with kindness and with love.
Love is stronger than hate, and therefore will touch even the hardest of hearts.
Love isn’t an opportunity to pick and mix who we love, we must love everyone, always!