I used to be involved in Pro-life activities in Houston. Here is one of the reasons why:
There is a group of (mostly) loving people who pray outside of clinics that promote abortion in Houston, primarily Planned Parenthood. I am not a fan of Planned Parenthood, especially after being involved in the prayer ministry in which I used to participate. The issue is that the women who are seeking help do not feel love from these prayer warriors. They feel judgment and shame.
This is an issue in other areas of ministry as well. What is the balance between teaching truth, and communicating love? I have been a “victim” of sideways love attempts.
The solution for me is to learn to listen. God knows exactly where someone is at and where they need to be. Who am I to think that I know where that is? Listening to people has been the greatest way for me to show love, and has provided more opportunities to teach in love than I have ever had before. When people know I love them, I earn a hearing with them (not the other way around).
Here is another picture of what I think is the cutest baby known to science:
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