when you really begin to grasp it, is a crazy wild adventure.
Not the romantic, roses and chocolate love. Agape love, described as benevolent sacrificial love, that gives to the needs of the one loved. We know this love because it is what we received in salvation: “God gave not what man wanted, but what man needed as God perceived his need, namely His Son, who brought forgiveness to man” (Strong’s Concordance)
The love of Christ is powerful. It survives the grave, gives life when death seems to abound, changes stony hearts and restores broken relationships. I have experienced Christ’s love and now I have become a channel of that transforming, undefeatable love. It has value beyond what we can see. “The love of Christ is not only the foundation for our personal hope, but our incarnation of that love is our only hope for being effective for Christ with others” (Paul Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands).
Each time we love someone in the true sacrificial sense of the word, we have invested in a secure eternal thing. It is the only gift that keeps on giving and is never lost. When we learn to love like that, we’re changed. The world around us is changed.
So pour yourself into loving, asking God teach you the sacrificial attitude of the Cross. Risk the pain, vulnerability, and rejection. Take courage and plunge in.
Love your life away.
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
— Matthew 25 —
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
— 1 John 3 —