Let me be the first to admit we are all human. There are times in our lives where being true to the values and true expression of love can be difficult. However, we are called to be authentic expressions of love despite our feelings. To be a true advocate of love requires us to promote love as the highest value even when it’s not convenient and even in the midst of upset and anger.
When you profess a spirit of love on one hand yet spew hate and anger on the other, you are quite frankly being a hypocrite – there’s no easier way to describe it. Love is not a matter of convenience or feeling. And this holds true not just for those close to you. In fact, the test of how much love you hold in your heart is when you want to lash out at others whom you don’t truly know. If you speak love but then turn around and exclaim how much you hate or despise someone else, it’s time to check to make sure you didn’t leave your heart at the door.
There is a difference between disagreeing with someone or perhaps even being angry at their behavior, and expressing hate or using hate-filled language. What’s more, we can never truly know the heart of another or completely understand their underlying motivation. To call someone racist, homophobic, ignorant (you name it), is below the value of love. We can stand for what we value and even criticize the behavior or actions of others without devolving into hate. This is where the measure of your love is found.
I’m disheartened at the discourse in the US today over issues related to politics. From government to Hollywood, from mid-West to East/West Coast, it appears that many have chosen paths that are not a reflection of love. We can all have opinions, positions, and values that don’t align with others. But when we choose to weaponize our perspective with language, we show our true colors. They say you can judge a person’s character by their actions under pressure. This is true even when that pressure comes from a place of hurt, anger, disapproval (even disgust). When we choose to react in anger or some other strong negative emotion, any expression of love as a value in our lives can become hypocritical.
I was taught there can be a sense of righteous anger. Using the power of indignation to respond to injustice or hate can be powerful. It’s how you respond however that determines if you’re coming from a place of love. I believe it’s important to stand up and be counted at times. Yet I must remind myself that I am coming from a personal perspective and that I focus on the behavior and not the person. If I choose to make my response personal and vindictive, I am no longer rooted in love.
So if you want to test how sincere and deep you value love in your life, check yourself when you’re tempted to unleash hell on someone simply because you don’t see the world the same way they do. If you can channel that emotion and pause before acting, you may find the means to bring love into that space. There are many people I strongly disagree with and many perspectives I find unaligned with my own values. That doesn’t mean I have the right to judge them nor to even try to understand. If I profess to live my life rooted in love, I am obligated to bring care and compassion into the moment instead of spewing hate. It’s only then that I can truly say that my life is rooted in the value of love.
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