“What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me! Don’t hurt me, no more!”
Well, hopefully, a few of you got the Haddaway, 90’s reference there, and I’m not just showing my age… but seriously, why do we consider hurt to come with love? Is it possible our view of love has become skewed?
In the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10-Message version) we read…
“There was a once a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, and on the way, he was attacked by robbers. They took his clothes, beat him up, and went off leaving him half dead. Luckily, a priest was on his way down the same road, but when he saw him, he angled across to the other side. And then a Levite, a religious man showed up, and he also avoided the injured man. A Samaritan traveling the road came upon him, and when he saw the man’s condition, his heart went out to him. He gave him first aid, disinfecting and bandaging his wounds. And then he lifted him onto his donkey, let him into an inn, and made him comfortable. In the morning, he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take good care of him. If it costs any more, put it on my bill and I will pay you on my way back.’”
I love this version, in that it refers to the Samaritan’s “goodness” as a heart condition (“his heart went out to him”). You see, our compassion, our generosity, our ability to serve, is based on the condition of our hearts. We don’t get to the level of “Christ-likeness” naturally. Some of us are naturally more compassionate than others. Some of us, due to circumstances (life), have lost some of this compassion. The same with generosity and serving. Some of us are born with it and some, not so much.
But, the truth is, regardless of where you are at, we are all called to a higher level of love. Is it attainable? On your own… I would adamantly say NO! All have fallen short of the glory of God. None of us can attain that. To try on our own would be futile, disappointing & discouraging!
It’s only with a daily refilling of the Spirit in our lives that we can pursue being “Christ-like” (Christians).
The parable of the Good Samaritan begins as an explanation of “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul… and love your neighbor as yourself.” Do you want to be more “Christ-like”? You need to be in Love every day, in Him every day. Showing compassion, generosity, and serving more IS loving your neighbor. Showing love is showing Christ, for “God is love, and whoever does not love, does not know God” (I John 4:8) To love God, is to have your heart go out for all those whom His heart goes out for!
Love doesn’t hurt, it sees hurt and bandages the wounds!
God is love, and I am in Love!