LIFE IS A COURSE DESIGNED TO EACH US TO LOVE.
There are many different types of love. There is affection, which is a fondness developed through familiarity, most commonly found in families. There is friendship, such as the love that exists between girlfriends, or mates, as we would say in Australia. There is romantic love, the experience of being “in love” or loving someone in particular above all others. And there is agape, the unconditional love that Jesus models for us.
The way we respond to everything that happens in our lives causes us to either love more or love less. Sometimes we turn away from love because it can be painful. Sometimes we turn away from love because we don’t want to be hurt. And sometimes we turn away from love because we are afraid of where it will lead us.
But wisdom lies in realizing that love is the only way. And yet, even once we realize this, it can still be a daily struggle to apply its wisdom to the events of our lives. It is not our natural inclination to love unconditionally, especially when we have been wronged. This is where Jesus comes in. He came to teach us agape love, to teach us how to love without conditions.
Excerpt taken from Chapter 20 of Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus. Get your free copy here (just pay shipping).
What are you laying down your life for?
Take out your Bible and read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Ask yourself, is this how I love? Am I laying down my life for God?
Jesus, teach me to love with abandon.