“So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them” -Jesus
Jesus taught that I should do to and for others what I desire they do to and for me.
But my heart is deceitful and it quickly turns my Lord’s command into a conditional suggestion–do to and for others IF they are nice, IF they reciprocate, IF they look like me, agree with me and don’t make me angry or uncomfortable.
But if God had been of the same mind I would be hopelessly lost–Jesus died for me while I was yet His enemy.
True love is extravagant, costly and abundant. If I am to authentically reflect the Father’s love there can be no exceptions, no limits.
You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.
Colossians 1:21 MSG
That’s the standard.
And it doesn’t always look like a heroic rescue–it is most often a smile, a touch, an outreached hand or an open heart.
The genuine compassion and extravagant love of friends and family have been my most treasured gifts since losing Dominic.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa
Where there is love there is life and light.
Death and darkness don’t stand a chance.