August 18, 2010
Free to Love
Not only has Christ conquered sin, sickness, sorrow, and death so that I may no longer fear them; but He has also loved me so completely that I truly have nothing to fear from loving others. True people may disappoint, leave, or even betray but if my hope and trust is in Christ alone none of these events should throw me. What a freeing thought! I can love others without fear of rejection because that is how Christ has loved me......hallelujah, what a Savior! Through His unconditional love of me I may love others truly unconditionally.
As I'm writing I'm just now beginning to see how this opens up the possibility of loving one's enemies, this is only possible when He alone is my source of satisfaction. Christ can never disappoint and He has promised never to betray. Hurt and disappointment should never color my relationships, they should only serve to increase my longing for heaven when all things will be made new! When I feel abandoned or neglected, discontent or disappointed a change of perspective (a return to my First Love) is what is needed not a change in circumstances.
If only this were a once in a lifetime lesson instead of one that must be re-learned with every step through life. Praise the Creator for His unfailing love and enduring patience in teaching my wandering heart!
As I am humbled by God's great infinite mysteries and my finite and inadequate vocabulary I connect with Emily forImperfect Prose