Love is a lot of things, but “safe” is not one of them. (Mandy Hale)
May I be honest? There have been times – some of which lasted for years – where I’ve held back. I’ve not loved well. I’ve not loved completely. I’ve not loved unselfishly. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself; I didn’t want to be taken advantage of; I didn’t want to risk anything – so, I played it safe.
Please understand, I’m not talking about romantic relationships, but about life in general. God calls us to love as He does, yet I find myself hesitating to do so. In fact, I find all kinds of reasons not to – fear, rejection, no reciprocation, the time, the cost, the competing priorities, etc.
Can we all be honest about it – loving as Christ did is “risky.” It costs us a great deal, and there is NO guarantee that it will be returned. Yet, isn’t that what real love is? Giving to another for their benefit, with no expectation of receiving anything in return? It flies in the face of everything we know. Not only are we naturally selfish, but our culture teaches that “love” is all about what is in it for US. So, to love differently is to risk a great deal…or so if feels.
Perhaps that’s why authentic Christian love stands out. Jesus once said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35). It’s real and it’s rare (and yes, it’s risky), but that’s why it can attract the attention of others.
By the way, Christ spoke those words as He washed the feet of His disciples – real, rare, and risky love – will you share it with others? –Dave
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