I don’t know who penned this first - but it struck me when I read it as exactly how I want to live and function. A funny thing, I’ve been criticized at times for all of these things - told that I was stupid and naive to see good in some people, to forgive people who’ve wounded me deeply, to actually forget some of the bad times and to step out In Faith when others would not.
Of course, I fall short all the time, but this is what Jesus has called me to, even as He calls me a warrior. I fight fiercely for the people I love, even if they’ve hurt me, betrayed me, or let me down. That’s what Jesus does for me all the time… even though I let Him down. That’s the real definition of “tough love” in my book.