To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable… The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers…of love is Hell. — C.S. Lewis
Love is risky business, isn’t it? As C.S. Lewis wrote, one risks having his heart broken. One risks being hurt. One risks not being loved in return. How great it was, therefore, that God chose to love us! He knew that we would break His heart. He knew that we would hurt Him. He knew that we would not love Him in return—yet He gave His love anyway.
We all challenge God’s love—when we make excuses for not going to church, make occasion for the flesh in our choice of entertainment, or provide a stumbling block for a fellow-Christian. Yet, for all our shortcomings, God’s love still holds true.
Why don’t you take a moment and thank God for His amazing love today.
Goodness is love in action…meekness is love in school; and temperance is love in training. — D.L. Moody
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder