Thursday, April 2, 2009

Learning To Love

Do you know how to love? While it is true we can have affection or even infatuation for someone or something, to love another person in the fullest sense of the word is not that easy. Granted, some expressions of love come naturally. A mother's love for her child is a classic example. Her love is usually so fierce that in most cases a mother would die to protect her little one. But would that same woman die for the neighbor she barely knows? The drunk in the park? The boss who fired her? How do you love someone that completely when love doesn't come naturally? How do you love a person that you personally have no affinity for?

We are called to be like Christ, and he loved the world so much that he was willing to die on the cross for everyone, even the ones who spit on him and drove the nails into his hands. How do we learn to love like that?

The truth is we can't, at least not on our own. Only through the inner working of the Holy Spirit in our lives can we begin to experience that depth of love for all those we encounter in our walk with God. No, we may never be called to die physically for them, but we may be required to die to our pride and selfishness in order to love them as Christ does.

We have been given a sacred task: to be ambassadors of Christ's love here on Earth...

How are we doing?

"Love is a Phoenix that will revive in its own ashes, inherit death, and smell sweetly in the grave." - Thomas Traherne



John Roper said...

Wow! You nailed that one! No pun intended. love you!

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