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Love Hurts, NOT!

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

Sometimes I wonder why I can't just adopt the prevailing notion of things.It might be a whole lot easier to put a creative spin or package on something already widely accepted.It might even be more lucrative than offering uncommon responses to commonly held misconceptions.It takes people time to get their minds around new and different ideas.At first most new ideas are received by few, tolerated by others and outright rejected by still even more.Be it as it may, I am compelled to continue to challenge the status quo.Try this one on for size.

Love hurts.Have you felt that way before?Have you felt so much love for another that you have given until it hurts?Despite how you feel, despite whether or not it is acknowledged or appreciated, despite being emotionally attacked-you give and you give.Through all your motives are purified.For who would continue to give to his or her own hurt except for the internal satisfaction of being that which God desires, or the inability to escape bondage.Romans 5:8 reads,

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Christ gave and He gave despite our oppositional behavior, ungratefulness and flat out rejection.He chose unconditional love by overcoming every conceivable condition we presented.And then there are those that are captive against their will.For these, giving has ceased to be a choice.Rather, it is a compulsion felt as duty or obligation.This type of giving certainly has its benefits.However, they will never rival the outcomes of those that freely give.

Regardless, the idea that love hurts and feels good is an impossible mental construct.Our minds cannot attend to two opposing thoughts at the same time.We will either enjoy the one or hate the other.It presents a "stop and go" experience.Up one minute, down the next.In one minute out the next. Connected one minute and disconnected the next.It is a rollercoaster.This would shake up the most settled stomach.

God does not drive His people crazy!I emphatically believe that love never hurts.God is love according to I John 4:18.He/Love is everything wonderful and positive.Love is the most amazing, exhilarating, star-struck experience we can have has human beings.It is everything yea and amen!

What hurts is what we may choose to do for love.Sometimes the decisions love requires that we make are hard.What we do for love may result in the loss of relationship with another or loss of something we highly value.By loss, I mean we are separated from the person or object of our affections.Being disconnected from one we love, whether emotionally or physically can be excruciatingly painful.But I suggest it is not love that hurts us.It is separation from the one we love.And the decisions we must sometimes on behalf of love result in this separation.

Love did not hurt Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.Love drew Him to the Garden of Suffering.He went. Love requested something from Jesus in the Garden. He gave.In the Garden, Jesus decided to answer love by giving His life in exchange for ours.The decision to give His life for love resulted in Him being separated from the Father He loved.What Jesus did for love caused Him excruciating mental, emotional and physical pain.Luke, the Physician describes Jesus' decision to love in this manner,

And being in an agony [of mind], He prayed [all the] more earnestly and intently, and His sweat became like great clots of blood dropping down upon the ground. (Luke 22:44)

In each of our lives there are times when love calls upon us to make very hard decisions.You too, will be drawn to the Garden of Suffering.There you will be requested to give something of great value for something of even greater value.You will agonize.Like Jesus, your mind will search for some other way.And like Jesus, you will have to decide what you will do for love.

Today, I can only imagine Jesus' joy!He is reunited with His Father, sitting at His right hand!Never again will such a decision be required of Him!It is finished!We that believe are His fruit, His reward, His pride and joy-His happy thought!Today, I believe Jesus' knows and rests in a love that has been fully tested and fully proven as authentic.

May we follow in Jesus' footsteps.We can if we believe that love is not hurting us!

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