Forgive me for…

Forgive me for hating.
Forgive me for dressing up sin in an acceptable package and renaming it.
Forgive me for calling hatred discernment and caring for it like a pet, feeding it, giving it attention, listening to it.

Forgive me for hating those I don’t know, through my apathy, as if they aren’t carrying the image of God.

Forgive me for hating the pundits and politicians who are faced with battles that can’t possibly have a winner.

Forgive me for hating the person down the street because of the way they believe in following Jesus.

Forgive me for hating other church leaders and calling it protecting my flock.

Forgive me for hating the person who is filled with hate that I’ve had a hand in creating.

Forgive me for hating the desperate man that my pride allows me to believe I’m better than.

Forgive me for hating the newscasters for doing their job the only way they know how.

Forgive me for hating the homosexual couple and believing I’m just calling them to a higher standard.

Forgive me for hating the person who looks different than me under the cover of jokes.

Forgive me for hating those that have more than me and calling them selfish.

Forgive me for hating people who have less than me and calling them entitled.

Forgive me for hating the abusers whose shoes I’ve never walked in and calling them weak.

Forgive me for hating the pornographers and calling them predators.

Forgive me for hating people and giving them easy labels.

Forgive me for taking the easy way out instead of rolling up my sleeves and getting messy.

Forgive me for cliches and idioms that are tired and worn out.

Help me to remember…
Love the person who sins, hate your own sin.
Do everything in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14