Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Love is Blindness

Love is blindness, I don't want to see
Won't you wrap the night Around me?
Oh my love

A little death Without mourning
No call And no warning
Baby, a dangerous idea That almost makes sense

Maybe you recognize this title.  It is the title of a well known U2 song from many years ago.  The lyrics have always struck a chord with me and it was only recently that I discovered why. 

In reading the nature of love as laid out by Jesus, not only were the people of his day being confronted by something so counter-cultural and against the grain to rational thinking, we today are also often tripping over the same stumbling blocks of truly comprehending the extent to which He intended us to follow His example to "love others".

Love is blind.  Love is not foolish, stupid, or deprived of knowledge.  True love acts in spite of knowledge, moves with full understanding of consequence and repercussion.  Love closes its eyes to the "what-ifs" and "why-we-shouldn't" and moves in spite of.  There is no "love" without "sacrifice".  The two go hand-in-hand.  Sacrifice of time, of wealth, sometimes even of well-being.  Sacrifice always moves "affection for" into the realm of "proven love".  In fact, Jesus stated that the ultimate example of love is demonstrated in total self sacrifice.

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 ESV

And this love is the word "agape" brought to us in the Greek.  The outflowing "love-feast" radiating towards others.  It's not a casual relational acquaintance with others.  It's a sacrificial call to self for the reclamation of souls and the well-being of others even at extreme personal cost.  Reckless and messy this love dives in front of the world's traffic to rescue the one from being crushed by the masses who ignore and trample under.  This love shares in abuses, feels with, cries with, and rejoices with.

Daily this love must be cultivated, tended to, and regularly brought forth like a life giving harvest.  It is the fruitful outgrowth of the indwelling of God's presence in the Christ follower's life as shown in Galatians 5:22-23.  It is one of many fruit that build up and strengthen each one of us for this life and the eternity ahead. 

It is only with this love, that we can truly see the world as our Savior sees.  Until then, we walk in blindness.

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