But now in Christ Jesus you who were once far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2: 13

 

The loneliness, separation, and isolation that are often accepted as a part of the way things are in our world are not what God intends for us; He wants to be close and engaged with us all of the time and in every way conceivable. We are the ones who dig the trenches around our lives, who build the fortress to protect our hearts, and who seal off our minds from His wisdom. It is by our choice that we become separated from love in our lives; yet, we can also choose to change all of this.

 

God is amazingly unhumanlike in His ability to forget, forgive, and accept. He doesn’t hold the ways that we have rejected Him against us; rather, Christ is overjoyed at the moment that we decide to let Him into our lives, and He delights in reestablishing relationships that we have made distant. God is a relational risk taker, and I think that He calls on us to be the same.

 

Just as we have been brought into an intimate and a loving relationship with God through Jesus, we also are given the ability to love others as He does. This can be one of the hardest things that people are called upon to do by God; however, loving people to a degree that is sacrificial is what Jesus calls us to do. The greatest sacrifice that I am asked to give is to set aside my own defenses and step into the lives of others with open arms and a non-judgmental heart; still, this is what Christ does for me. Why should I resist doing the same?