When I first found out that I hated gay people I was devastated because there are gay people that I've loved and called friend for a long time. I haven't seen any of them since I found out that I hate them and now I'm not sure how to act when I'm around them. Also, I'm nervous they may not want to see me if they heard that I hate them.
hate noun, often attributive \ˈhāt\
a : intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury b : extreme dislike or antipathy : loathing <had a great hateof hard work>
I'm a little worried that they may find out they hate me too. But, I suppose that eventually they'll have to hate me because I do things they don't support or agree with. For instance, I over eat. Who wants to be around someone that thinks about food constantly? I've taken my marriage for granted. I've stolen things before and I can be really ungrateful. I've consumed unhealthy amounts of alcohol. I'm also guilty of gossiping and saying hurtful things that aren't true. Oh, and remember when we used to call Whataburger and tell them they got our order wrong just so we could get free food?
They say that the reason I hate my gay friends is because of my Christian beliefs (you can read about my beliefs by clicking here); because Jesus loves me and saturates me with forgiveness. He sets me apart and says that I'm righteous. I thought that was why I should love my friends that don't believe in Jesus, so I could tell them. Who wants to hear about Jesus from someone who hates them?
But the truth is, I don't hate gay people! I'm not part of an elitist group that only allows perfect people. Everyone should be loved. And I won't allow anyone to tell me that I hate someone. I know who I love. If you're gay and your friends are insisting that I hate you, tell them that they're wrong. I don't hate you.
The great thing about Jesus is that he says I don't have to love everything about someone in order to love them. He just commands me to love. Everyone reading this deserves love. I can't love you perfectly but Jesus does. Jesus is available to everyone. He's closer than you think.
love noun, verb, loved, lov·ing. [luhv]
a: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
b: a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, asfor a parent, child, or friend.