Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
Romans 15:7 KJV
Yes, that means the thief, the cheat, the gay/lesbian, the murderer, the liar, the adulterer, the drug addict, the sex addict, the God hater, the homeless, the fatherless, the widow, and the person of another skin tone. All should be receiving the same love from you that Christ afforded you on the cross.
How else will they know the love of Christ?
LOVE THEM! I know how hard it is to not look at a murderer or abuser without disgust in your head. I’ve had the same thoughts way too many times to count.
But have you ever for a moment stopped and asked yourself what chain of events lead them to their “label”?
What about the rapist or the sex traffickers?
Could it be that they themselves were raped/molested as a child or teen and just never healed from the pain? Instead they chose to take the pain out on others.
What about the woman who stole food from the store to feed her family because she felt she had no other means of providing? How desperate and scared she must have felt 😦
What about the man or woman who have constantly been overlooked for that promotion, though they were more than qualified, and finally succumbed to the pressing advances of the boss for favors? Trust me it happens to both genders!
What about the gay man who longed for a father’s love only to find it not in the heart of his father but the bed of some man?
What about the lesbian who has been abused physically and mentally by every man she has been with only to find peace in the embrace and touch of another woman?
They all have stories that led them to where they are.
Sadly, I believe we just look at the labels, we have created, instead of the person.
Here allow me to break it down….
Lover of sex
Chronic masturbator (during my teen years)
Murderer (with my tongue)
Bisexual (for a time)
Those are all labels people have devised to look at me through a lense. And a very small lense at that.
Even I myself saw me through a lense until God showed me parts of my story that were hidden (for lack of a better word).
But it wasn’t it until others started seeing me through the eyes of Jesus and with the love He poured out on the cross that the things on the left became the things on the right…
These labels need to disappear…
For how will the world truly see it’s need for Christ, if we the bearers of His light and love do not show it to EVERYONE!
Love them as Christ loves you so God will be glorified!
Remember you had a label once too!