“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
We live in a world where fear and all the symptoms of it are more rampant than ever. This unencumbered fear hinders and often completely paralyzes people from pursuing spiritual freedom and realizing true intimacy. Reason, force nor religious rites have the power to bring our hearts and minds to the reality of true freedom.
It is the power of Love.
You must accept love given to you. You must surrender all that you think you are and allow love to permeate your soul and change every corner of you. You must create the pathways of giving inside of you, so that you can become a vessel of love and grace to be poured out on mankind.
It has been said that perfect love casts out all fear. When a human has been made perfect in love, fear can no longer taint their decisions and life. So, then what is the purpose of love if not to save?
“The eternal battle between good and evil is not won with great armies, but with one life at a time.”-Beverly Penn, A Winter’s Tale
You cannot truly experience love without becoming courageous. First, the nature of love is to give before receiving and without the promise of reciprocation. Second, you must lay down any and every piece of armor that you have used to protect yourself from pain. You must stand before Love vulnerable and exposed in all your glorious brokenness. Yes, your brokenness is glorious. The scars on your heart are marks of lessons learned, sins forgiven and proof that the depth, the determination and the fire required for love are all inside of you. After all the pain, you’re still here aren’t you?
YOU have what it takes inside of you.
Have you considered that a human’s only competitive edge and key to survival after birth is love? A human baby cannot survive without the love and care of another human. When a child is denied love, the psychological ramifications are undeniable. We were created for love. We are relational beings to our core.
Love is the catalyst for change, healing and wholeness. I encourage you to embrace each facet of this journey. You, after all were made to love and be loved.
This is an excerpt from my book, The Love Journey.
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“Love is a journey, not a destination.”