There are three words that I keep hearing in relation to God’s love for us and His expectation of our love for others.
Crazy. Radical. Relentless.
Crazy: being out of the ordinary; distracted with desire or excitement; absurdly fond; passionately preoccupied.
Radical: very different from the usual or traditional; favoring extreme changes in existing views, habits, conditions, or institutions
Can you imagine the world if people loved each other the way that God loves us? The Bible says that we love because He first loved us. He gave us this amazing example of loving others.
Passionately preoccupied. To be so preoccupied with loving others that you don’t have time to think about yourself or worry about your own needs. I just love that phrase…passionately preoccupied.
To be very different from the usual, extreme change in existing views and habits. To completely change how you see and behave in the world.
Showing no abatement of intensity or strength. This isn’t temporary or for a season…it’s forever.
Can you imagine what would happen? How would you feel? Where do you start?
I believe that one of the first things that you can do is to love the person in front you, just as they are. Just love them. Show them Christ’s love for them through you. Change is possible, but it has to start with love.