This billboard is pretty controversial in some circles. I’m sure I’ll get some haters for posting it.
Love your neighbor. There is no clause on that. It doesn’t say love your neighbors, except if they are gay, lesbian, black, white, colored, drunk, addicted, gossips, hating, intolerant, bigots, atheists, agnostics, Catholics, Baptists, Charismatic, Pentecostals, Muslim, Jewish, Gentile, institutional, organic, hypocritical, pharisaical, cheating, stealing, lying or whatever other conditional you want to place on love.
Whatever you believe disqualifies somebody from God loving them, will also prevent you from actually loving them. There is but One who is perfect, and He loves us perfectly. In our own strength we can never remove the labels, the faults, the mistakes or the pain. But His perfect love perfects us. His love received cleanses us. His love poured out recreates us. His love undying keeps us ever alive. His love reciprocated inspires change, joy and freedom for ever more.
As we learn to both receive and reciprocate His unmerited love, with which He first loved us, our lives will not be earmarked by any labels such those above. Instead, I live to be defined by His love. I mess up, I fail, I fall and I get dirty. But His love is there to clean me off, catch me, pick me up and to support me. His love is my life. I am that I am His love.
Thank you for loving me unconditionally Jesus! When nobody else loves you, Jesus does.