God is love.
It's easy to say. Some of us learned it with flannel-graph images in musty Sunday School rooms. Others picked it up from Oprah, or New Age teachings, or just general random-acts-of-kindness concepts.
He loves everyone.
It's easy to say. But when it's in our face - when those who God loves are different from us, perhaps radically opposed to things that we hold dear, or even offensive - the words choke us.
God is love. God is good. And He loves everyone.
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2.1-4