There are few couple things that are hard for me to accept about this:
The first is that my initial reaction is to think that way. The second is that I know I shouldn't react that way. The third is that I want so badly to be able to reach out to those who think that way and tell them why I don't think that way, instead of them instantly judging me because of my views towards it.
I'm not going to apologize in advance for what I'm about to say because I think it needs to be said. And maybe it'll be a wake up call for you, too, to start to examine your views and how you look at these kinds of things.
I'll start with this statement: I'm not perfect, and I'm not claiming to be. I still feel feelings of anger towards those who have hurt me from time to time, but I'm learning to move past those things in order to glorify the Lord in the work He's doing in my life, and to be able to do as Jesus did, and that was to love and forgive.
No matter what.
Hard to grasp? I agree. There are times that I don't want to even think about loving someone who's done wrong to me. I don't want to think about forgiving and praying for people who cause hurt to our nation. I don't want to think about what Jesus would do. Sound familiar? It's because it's a natural human reaction. Jesus was human in body (Philippians 2:7) but was one with God and the Holy Spirit, therefore, rejected every temptation that came to Him. He was perfect.
So the next time you struggle with the thought of forgiving someone because of something, no matter how bad it was, try to remember what Jesus did for you, and for every single one of us. The cross is proof of love. It's proof of a love that we're supposed to portray to those who need it the most.