We can’t only be there when the worst happens. When there’s blood and tears and fear. If we’ve shamed, shunned, or just ignored every other day, our attention isn’t wanted on the dark days. We will be met with distrust, anger. Why would anyone take refuge with us if we’ve stayed silent when other crisis build, or raged when something we don’t agree with has come to pass?
I’m not saying we all have to change our opinions.
But we do have to love. Every day.
What does love look like? Is it constantly telling people what we think of their lifestyle and nothing else?
If you want to share an opinion about someone’s life, you had better be in their life. You had better be side by side with them through the bad times and good. Otherwise, why should they care what you think? Why should they believe you even care about them? What have you done to prove yourself as a good friend?
Don’t be surprised if your attention is rejected, especially if you haven’t shown much grace in the past. Reassess what’s more important – preaching loudly or loving boldly?