You can’t escape LOVE
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about love. I’m not talking the boyfriend/ girlfriend, can’t get enough of you, kiss you in the rain love. I’m talking about unconditional love. The love you feel when you hug a friend you haven’t seen in a long time. The love you feel when you see a mom kiss her child’s scraped up knee. The love you feel when you tell someone something hard, and their first response is to hug you and say its all okay. The love I have been pondering is the deep, the true, the soul to soul love of the world, and of people.
In the wake of the Orlando attack, I have had so many questions. But the one I keep coming back to is: how can someone lack so much love in their life and in their heart that they would be capable of that? Simultaneous to this event is my own search for meaning. I have been trying to find a passion in my life. Someone recently told me, “Don’t worry about finding your passion. Make your passion helping people, and in that you will find your true purpose”. This opened up the idea in my mind that my true passion is to love people.
The path continues to thinking about infinite love, the love of God. We live in a world of judgement. And this judgment goes against the true love that God means for us to have. As a Christian, I am often bombarded with ideas of what other Christians think it means to love and accept someone. “The bible says you shouldn’t be gay” they say. Or “the bible says you won’t be saved if you aren’t a believer”. And while I am in no place in my faith to refute the bible, I am ready to say that if you look closely, I think the most important message is one of love.
One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:37 (thank you to my uncle for introducing me to it), and it says: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who love us. For I am certain that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus our lord.” Powerful! Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from His love? Let that one set in.
It is easy to get caught up in not loving others. I am guilty of it all the time. Gossiping about someone, or wishing something bad on someone I don’t like, or judging someone. We are bombarded with information on what separates us: our color, our beliefs, our location, our values, our language, our status, our gender and so much more. And when we feel separation, it becomes easy to judge. But I don’t want to live that way. I want to put all that down and say, no, this is my fellow human and at the end of the day, I love them.
We see hate in the world, and harshness. But to be honest, I see so much more love. If God does not let anything in all creation stop him from loving each and every one of us, why should we let anything stop us from loving each other? I don’t care who you are. I don’t care what you believe. I don’t care the worst thing you’ve done. Just get to God. Get to the love of God. Get to the love of each other. Just feel the love that the world has for you, and for everyone. And then go spread that love.