For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

1 John: 5: 4

 

At the end of the day that is life, the things that will still be standing are the things that are from deep inside of us. These are the character and care oriented values that are expressed in the relationships that we have with other people; this is the love that we genuinely express to others.The ability to love well and to love deeply is not a very human characteristic, for we usually want to feel secure in what we will get back when we give deeply. We desire the security of knowing that others will step toward us when we open up to them; thus, we hold back and wait on the other person before risking ourselves. This reluctance to enter into relationships with others and to be the one who takes the risk of reaching out to the other person is one of the ways that evil wins in this world.

 

Yet, stepping out of safety and into relationship is exactly what Jesus did; He left the known and set aside His position to become one of us, and He opened His arms to embrace us all. He opened His heart to love every one of us totally, and Jesus did this before any of us demonstrated the first glimmers of love for Him in return.

 

When we accept Christ and agree to let His love reside in us, we gain an eternal victory over the forces of evil that try to keep us in fearful captivity and that make wariness our approach to life. One of the hardest aspects of all of this is that we are asked to do something that runs counter to intuitive behavior, for we are asked to accept that God’s love for us is real although we don’t see Him with our eyes. We are asked to move toward God by accepting the call of Jesus to enter into a love relationship with Him without feeling His touch on our skin. God asks us to have faith in Him and to accept the testimony of thousands and millions of people who throughout history have expressed the reality of God’s love for them. For me, God is very visible. My heart knows that He has stepped into my life and that He loves me completely; and my heart sees Christ in my life daily. We are all called to be lovers of others, not for our own sakes but so that everyone might get to know the perfect love that comes through knowing God. We are all called to have the faith that is required to step toward Christ’s calling and to open our arms and our hearts to others so that they might see Him, too.