They persecuted Christ yet He chose love. They rejected He yet He chose love. They ignored Christ yet He chose love. They despised Him yet He chose love. In spite of their actions, love was always His FIRST and ONLY response.
As His followers, we are called to be guided by nothing but love and the Holy Spirit. Christ calls us to be scandalously brave and fiercely love as He loves.
Without question, it is safe to be angry. It is easy to be cynical. It is easy to be critical. It is easy to distance yourself. It is safe to be bitter. It’s easy to be hostile. But it takes courage to forgive. It takes courage to keep on loving. It takes courage to show kindness and tenderness. It takes courage to live with your heart exposed and vulnerable, open to life and committed to showing and being love. It takes courage to have a pure, peaceful, purposeful and spiritual heart in strained relationships and unfair circumstances.
I dare you to choose to be scandalously brave and love today because the world needs the love Christ has showered you with. Your coworker needs love. Your parent needs love. Your children need love. Your estranged friend needs love. Your boss needs love. Your accuser needs love. The abuser needs love. (Consider their action as a cry for love.) They need that love that can mend shattered hearts, cure broken souls, melt frosty relationships, and transform lives.
It’s a magnificent challenge and most days, a seemingly impossible command, but Christ never calls us to do anything without offering help. He says, “Let me show you how to love. Just give me your heart. Let me surprise you with the power of love. Let me show you the power of love.”
Be scandalously brave and love – “even when it’s hard; even when it hurts; even when you are crucified; even when it doesn’t make sense.” Only the brave, love.
(c) 2014, Dentrecia Blanchette