Love thy neighbor. Love your African American neighbor. Love your Chinese American neighbor, or your Vietnamese American neighbor. Love your Muslim American neighbor, or your Syrian neighbor. Love your older neighbors as well as your younger neighbors. Love your Hindu neighbors, your Spanish speaking neighbors, your Deaf neighbors, and your blind neighbors. Love your gay neighbors and your lesbian neighbors. Love your bisexual neighbors as you would your straight neighbors. Love your transgender neighbors as much as you would love male neighbors and female neighbors or any other neighbors that come into your life. Love your Christian neighbors be they Catholic or Protestant or Baptist or something in-between.
Blessed are the peace makers. Go and make peace with your enemies as you would make peace with your neighbors. The world has enough hate to go around. We don’t need more hate. Hate gets us nowhere and leads only to violence and loss. What we need is courage. Courage to offer olive branches of peace and courage to open our hearts as well as our minds to new relationships and renewed relationships.
Let us strive to make peace with our enemies big or small. Let us strive to love others as we would want to be loved. In doing so, we give glory to our Creator and show that we love His creation as much as He loves us enough to have sustained us.