I have a firm belief. If we all knew how loved we are there would be no room for fear. We would not need to be afraid of God, we would not need to be afraid of others. We could live in the freedom of this knowledge, the beauty of this claim.
And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. (MSG Eph 3:18-19)
How would it look if we could live into the fullness of this love, this breathtaking, overwhelming, burdensome love? How would it look if we could receive this love? And how would it look if we could share this love?
What if Christians were known for their incredible capacity to listen and empathize, to have compassion and mercy on ALL people, regardless of sexuality, color, religion, past?
What if our allegiance, instead of being in our nation, was in God through Jesus Christ? How would we treat people different than us? What would our churches become?
What if our churches instead of fighting to maintain control, released the fear and opened the doors wide for everyone? And people could serve according to their gifts and desires and talents?
I am moved by these ideas. In my blog I want to challenge my own assumptions, and therefore my readers, of what it means to be a Christian in this world. In my blog I want to challenge my assumptions about love, choosing to love myself in a manner that is genuine and abundant and filled with the fullness of grace. For when I love myself this way, I can choose to love anyone, and I can choose to love God. In my blog I want to see the world, and the people in it with a lens of grace and mercy. Will you join me?
God is good and God is love. We reflect God in our lives, the Divine is among us, in people, in Creation. Our responsibility lies in learning to live loved, so we may care and protect the least of these.
It seems we do not love enough. How true it is we shall never love enough. But the good Lord who knows from what mud He has fashioned us and who loves us more than any mother can ever love her child, He who never lies, has told us that none who come to Him shall ever be rejected. -Charles de Foucauld