29 April 2010

when i grow up i want to love radically

[i came upon this exceprt from a friend, of a friend a few days ago & have been thinking about this conquering love ever since]

The love for equals is a human thing - of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing - the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing - to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy - love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer. This is God's love. It conquers the world.
- Francis Chan, Crazy Love

2 comments:

Corners of My Life said...

" . . . love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain"
Currently my struggle with a very unhappy co-worker. I will struggle to do better.

Chris and Christina said...

beautifully said.