Tuesday, August 05, 2008

How’s Your Love Life?

I have been listening to Erwin R. McManus a lot lately and in one of his sermons, he begins describing his love for his wife and children and then stated,

“Human beings have an unlimited capacity to love; you’re only limited by your willingness to love.”
I thought this statement contained so much truth. Our willingness is hinged on our choices. In those choices we can choose to get to know, like or love an individual; or completely opposite we can dislike, despise and even hate someone. The cool thing is, if we allow ourselves to look past reasons we dislike, despise and even hate someone,then we should be able to find a sense of love for anyone.

When you love someone whether it's affection, friendship, eros, and/or charity love you open yourself up to risk. You risk many things: heartache, suffering, sorrow, disappointment and many many other things, but no matter what, love always prevails. When we are faced with letting someone else into our lives, we can open up, be loved and return love, or not.

I think McManus’ statement can be viewed from the other person’s willingness to be loved. The interesting point is, we can love someone all we want, but we can’t force them to accept this love nor change there mind about accepting the love you give. To think, you can love someone so much, but you risk never receiving returned love is heart wrenching. I think in this type of love you submit them daily to prayer and continue loving them no matter what.

I think this response to someone not accepting your love aligns with Romans 12:20, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.” They don’t necessary have to be your enemy, but what it boils down to is we should love everyone no matter what. So, how is your love life? This is the question I have been asking myself recently. I am making some steps to align my love life with everyone in accordance with my willingness to love…and I agree with McManus that we have, “unlimited capacity to love.”

"We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored
And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
They will know we are Christians by our love"
Jump in the discussion. Let me know what you think. God Bless.


Cassie said...

Willingness to love...and to be loved ...a good word. Sometimes I think of the feeling of love and fail to remember that love is action, it is choice. Some people make the choice easy and some not so much...but as you point out, that doesn't matter...we should always be willing to love. I am pondering my willingness to love certain people (thanks Jeremy :P )

nicole said...

good observation... this aligns w/ our conversation the other night. Not only do we have to be willing to be loved and to give love freely but also to allow ourselves to be vulunerable enough to be rejected by those who will never accept our love (and be okay with that). Good stuff.