Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Love is Patient

I'm listening to a song recommended by a dear friend of mine. That is, a friend who is emphatically separated from me in every other area of life. The great chasm of belief, worldview, religion, politics, convictions, and definitions of various significant terms... It gapes and yawns and threatens to consume us. It's a hard line to walk sometimes. And yet, there is music. It is a tiny thread to cling to across the abyss. But I am so thankful it is there.

I'm reminded of a song (a line, really) by The Fray. "If you love somebody, you love 'em all the same." The lyrics are from their song, "Heartbeat." I'm struck by the profound nature of this statement. Only God's love is unconditional. Even believers of Jesus Christ have a hard time grappling with this agape love. How can we grasp it?

Here's a picture: Christ was crucified for what I did, and loved me throughout the entire process. Crucified, he loved me. And that is how we are to love others. Across the universe, across the gap, across the misunderstanding and frustration. We love them all the same.

You gotta fire and it's burnin' in the rain... 
And you don't look back, not for anything,
'cause if you love someone, you love 'em all the same.

I'm yearning to love patiently. Things take time. This was one of the things I learned throughout the painful, frightening miscarriage experience a few months ago. And I am still learning it. God is not subject to time, but He often chooses to use it for His Kingdom, to work within it to sanctify us. We must cling to Him in painful circumstances and persevere in faith, in love, and hope. (If that sounds exhausting, remember that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength!) Know that the present darkness will not last. It will pass! It will give way to light! For now, cling to His promises to never leave us or forsake us. Rest in His love.

We must persevere in compassion. I realized earlier this week that one of my motivations for judging others, or for writing them off in some way, is that judging frees me from compassion. Compassion isn't easy. Yet, Christ was identified by others for His compassionate nature. Judging, giving up on someone, refusing to try to understand... these are all shortcuts. But love is worth the trouble. God demonstrates his love for us through this: while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Oh, what love!

Cheers and God Bless,

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