Can we all just have a cyber hug?
We are, in fact, ALL good people. We are all here bound by one important thing, which we all have in common - our love for the Lord, and our desire to get to know Him and serve Him better.
We are all different, because He made us so. It is part of our assignment to look beyond these differences, to accept the individuals, even if we cannot accept their opinions, and to love each other. By doing so, we would be more forgiving, which would allow us to not always "have to win" the argument, to "get the last word", but, to perhaps take a step back and even be flexible enough to acknowledge that perhaps, the other person might have a point.
Either way, we are all brothers and sisters, and you know that the most painful and hurtful arguments occur within the family unit - because we love each other, and crave each other's acceptance and reciprocated love.
We need to also take a good look in the mirror, and contemplate the reflection that bounces back to us. If we notice a festering boil, don't just slather makeup on it and ignore it, because that infection will spread. Instead, wash it out, and let it scab over.
I've noticed that I can get hotheaded when the things I hold near and dear are ridiculed or attacked. I feel I need to run to the aid and defend these concepts, beliefs, people and places. It's ingrained in me to do this. I would not be true to myself if I didn't defend the things I love.
However, I hope that I can do this in a loving manner, without pontificating or hurting other's feelings. I'm certain we all feel this way.
We are a great mix of God's creatures. I love how different we are, and yet how similar through our love for Him.
It is our duty to spread that love here on the Forum, and in the world. We must do so not with an attitude "that I know best", that "I am better" than them, for the first shall be last and the last first, and we are called to serve and not be served.
BIG super duper hug to you all.
Let us attempt to forgive, see beyond our differences and love one another.