To all of those of you who are afraid to love wholeheartedly,
To all of you who can’t comprehend why someone who would give everything for you,
To all of you who shy away from the tough stuff just because you’re scared of it hurting,
To all of you and more, it’s about time we started loving recklessly.
I am an extreme optimist. I don’t want to, I can’t help it. No matter what it is, you better bet that I’ve gotten my hopes up about it. I build them up so high and then it never ends up happening and I’m crushed. I’m mad. I ask God, “Why me?” more times in a week then most people would in a month. Last night, I hit a breaking point with it. I wanted to be done getting my hopes up when every stinking time I ended up in the same place I was before.
But God has a funny way of showing Himself when you least expect it, and I wasn’t expecting it this morning. I opened up my Bible and found a passage from Ephesians 6 with the words, “Loving recklessly requires hurting deeply” next to it.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
We are in chains. We are bound by sin and lies and pain that resonates too deeply within us.
But, sweet friends, we cannot break these chains on our own. We should go back to Him. We should go back to the guy who died for us, the guy who went through trials and temptations and everything that we’re going through x 100,000,000, because HE could tell us a few things about what reckless love should look like.
Why are we sitting here, fearing what tomorrow will be and breaking over everything that this world can’t fulfill for us?
He has freed us.
So why aren’t we acting free?
He has given us a beautiful, perfect example of how we should love and live and yet we still are hiding in the shadows of fear. We need to get out there and love so violently that it can’t be ignored.
He is greater than anything that hurts us.
To love the way that Jesus loved, we will get hurt. We will experience heartbreak and loss, but if you ask me, that’s all worthwhile if it means getting to be like Him.