Go to those you love and those you are called to love.
A friend via facebook asked me this question: what does this love of others look like to you Anderson? (Especially those we don't love.)
This is a difficult question to wrestle with but here are my thoughts at this moment, however as I learn and develop I reserve the right to move forward from these words.
I find it easy enough to feel love and hope for people who are friends and family or just people who hold the same views and values as I do , but the God of my understanding keeps nudging me to extend the same benevolence to person’s we’d wish to avoid, whose values and ideals are far from ours.
Namely these types of people:
robbery and violence.
Having a attitude to love these people does not condone their behaviour or underplay the seriousness of their deeds.
In a just society, there must still be accountability within the law that is still the case.
However, this does not mean that we don’t understand that the perpetrators are also in pain, that we believe there is still goodness and light in their soul , all is not lost, we can help him or her reconnect with their loving self, we affirm the potential for healing.
I read recently that within the Jewish tradition they strongly believe that every Jewish person in the world containing this divine spark just waiting to be ignited—regardless of religious observance or faith.
I believe Jesus would want us to walk with everyone we encounter be it those we love or those we are called to love to walk with them and just listen to their story and maybe, just maybe the divine spark will ignite in them.