One day Jesus was confronted by some of his detractors. They ask him what was the greatest command of the law. He told them to love God with all their beings. Then he added, ”Love others as much as you love yourself.”. That word love is just all over the place. Yet we live in a world that thrives on power and the ability to control. If we need to use force, we will. The message of Jesus is one of love and grace.
Our great challenge is to. learn to live with that love in our lives. Lives that are filled with love can easily be spotted. They stand out in the crowd. Their demeanor can calm a tense room. Their gentle spirits can soften a hostile crowd. Their openness can bring acceptance to all they touch. If we can discover the secret of love of Jesus we can conquer the world.
Jesus does give us a few hints that can help us climb the mountain of self-absorption that we find ourselves facing. His love is a giving love. He gave his all for you and me. His love comes without price to us. We all too often demand a price for our love; it is a conditional love. When Jesus opens his arms his love reaches out to everyone not just to those who respond.
Maybe you and me can try to practice the love that is giving and free. It might be a big challenge but with God’s help we can do it.
- “Keep open house; be generous with your lives.” ~~Jesus (mww1954.wordpress.com)