A love that doesn’t measure obligation…

15 Nov

Tim Henderson:

…the chief responsibility of our lives is to love God and others as we love ourselves. But we don’t. If we’re honest, it’s not even close. We don’t love anyone with the vigor and thoroughness that we love ourselves. Jesus Christ is the only one to walk the earth who fulfilled that command. He is the ultimate Good Samaritan, and he is the one who loves radically. He said, “Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” And then he did just that. He loved radically; gave himself away—not just figuratively but literally. He laid down his life as a sacrifice on the cross to protect us from the punishment our sins deserve. He loves you as much as he loves himself.

To the extent that fact penetrates your heart, it will transform you and make you love better. It will give you not just the affection of love, but the courage of love. A love that moves to protect. That moves into danger. A love that doesn’t measure obligation but suffers so the beloved won’t.

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One Response to “A love that doesn’t measure obligation…”

  1. shmolldoll November 15, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    So simply put, but such a strong message, I needed that. Thank you for posting!

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