Throughout the years, certain religions and poisonous beliefs have been pushed upon folks. Some people have these damaging mindsets etched inside their brain. Some imply that the Idea of “Love” is something you don’t deserve until you do a certain thing, or you’re unworthy of love, but a “God”…
this is more profound a distinction than i think a lot of people realize.
i know Christ. intimately. period. but as a christian can i just say that a lot of Christians confuse what it means to be human with what it means to be in intimacy with Christ. i think this is taken for granted and tossed up to semantics in a lot of circles. and i think to do so is careless, foolish, and dangerous.
guys. love is our right as HUMANS. not only as christians. because we are made in the image of God, because we see and perceive. because we contemplate and feel. we are beautiful and to be adored because we are his creation! we are his! he loves us because of THAT! because we breathe… we are to be loved. we need it. it’s what we are made from. it is what we are made for. and when we go without it, we slowly become less human. it’s like we are tied to our source and when away from it we change and transform into something less real. like a shadow.and when we were at our darkest, apart from that source. he continued to loved us because we were still his. we were still breathing. gosh even when we don’t love each other, he loves us. you think we would give each other some slack,lol but no. it’s only him who unwaveringly sees that we are his. that we are still breathing. so he loves us. ALL OF US. he was just as concerned over the heart of Hitler as he is yours.
so that’s great. it is our right as humans to be loved. but…and here is where my faith in the Biblical narrative comes in…because we chose to rebel. to disobey God …and lie about it. to break a perfect trust and intimate love…we cut ourselves off from the source of love and walked away. we became selfish, arrogant, & greedy. we knew the power of love and thus decided love should be a currency. so we traded and bought it and twisted it so much that we don’t know what the hell it is anymore. we don’t know what it means to give love or receive it. hell, some live their whole lives without feeling it. ….LET THAT SINK IN. we cut ourselves off from unending, boundless love and now we lucky few that aren’t born into a life of human trafficking live on poor scraps. gentle acts. kind words. sex. flattery. inspiration. all these things are good. but they are not love. and we know it. we know the bullshit when we hear it or see it. but we haven’t experienced the real thing. it’s something we hear about. sing about. talk about. but have rarely experienced. or when we do…it ends up still being a fools gold. we have no idea the magnitude of what we are missing.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis in “The Weight of Glory”
i feel like this quote applies to love. we have no freaking idea. Kerry is right. it cannot be confined to a religion. or an act. or a person. because it’s source is eternal, boundless, unchanging, omnipotent, omniscient, & perfect. so we all deserve love. but right now, we are all kind of living on bastardized power-hungry versions of it. efficiency disguised as charity and whatever other nonsense.
ah, but here’s the rub. (yeah i just said that) …and this is my hope.the thing that keeps me from going insane some nights. the only thing that sustains my frail fail-heart. the thing that makes me want to stare through leaves on a sunny day…. some of us have felt the original. what we were originally cut off from. and not just Christians! yes, as Christians, we are called to live in that…bathe and abide in that love all day every day. but do we? not the majority. meanwhile his grace gives moments of love to so many, everywhere ,everyday who he is trying to woo gently back to his heart….to the heart where they can FINALLY feel what real love is!
beloved, and that’s what you are, i hope you have felt that. i pray that you have felt that!!!
it’s so funny i feel like some of us have but don’t notice it at first. sometimes it feels sharp or annoying or panicky like when you’re trying to shake your limbs after they have fallen asleep. ha…interesting picture isn’t it? fitting i think.
all to say.
we all are made of love. from it. for it.
but it’s sparse.
or so it would seem…but, dearheart, there is a well. a spring. no! an ocean…no…an imagination!…an eternity of it!
i swear there is. i am proof. i am breathing.
don’t go dark.
you are not a shadow.
you are a man. you are a woman. and you are made of love & for love.
" but God shows his love for us in THIS: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”-Romans 5:8
"Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4:13-15
"for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" Ephesians 5:8
"For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5