imageLove is a very interesting thing. It has so many facets. One that I’d like to tackle today is loving people when you don’t know the whole story. But I preempt this by clarifying I’m not expressing this from any proverbial soap box. Over the years, I’ve had a handful of bold people message me on Facebook to vent their dislike of me. If I zoom out on the collective messages, the one conclusion is they don’t like me, but they don’t know me. But hey, I know me! 🙂 And I, like you, battle in private things we don’t (or can’t) share in public. I’ve learned to not shun people who vent at me because it’s just part of life since Genesis 1. One takeaway I have is: who people are in public isn’t necessarily indicative of what they’re dealing with in private and Jesus would say “love them.” I believe he exhorted us to love ourselves, love our neighbors, love our enemies. In my summation, that would mean loving people you know on a private-basis and who you know only in public. I don’t know which one you are, but according to Jesus, it doesn’t matter. All the way around, and in the end, love wins.

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