I have a long way to go to catch up on my reading, but I have to start somewhere. Right now I am cleaning out my email inbox and found a little gem by Michael Wear. He’s a great person and a thoughtful writer. Recently he wrote a book, Reclaiming Hope, and he also has a wonderful newsletter of the same name.
This quote is from his latest newsletter and it’s beautiful:
“Above all, one has to find by thought and experience that love can be trusted as a way of life. This can be learned by interaction with Jesus in all ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. He can bring it to pass that we rely on love; and that is why he boldly asserted that the only mark of being his student or apprentice in life was how his students love one another (John 13:35). And it is, again, why one of his best students could say, on the basis of a lifetime of experience: “Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). Love is not God, but God is love. It is who he is, his very identity. And our world under a God like that is a place where it is safe to do and be what is good and what is right. Living in love as Jesus defines it by his words and deeds is the sure way to know Christ in the modern world. On the other hand, if you are not reconciled to living in love as the center of your life, and actually living that way, any knowledge you may have of Christ will be shallow and shaky at best.”
Sooooo, don’t sell love short. Let it resonate, GOD IS LOVE. There is no love outside of God. Think. about. it. No love outside of God. God is love. Without God, love would not exist. Now that’s powerful.