“If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection, and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.”
My Utmost for His Highest—Oswald Chambers
There have been so many accounts of great, sacrificial love in mythology, timeless novels, poems, and songs. They depict the love of one person for another in such a way that our hearts are drawn to it, broken by it, inspired by it. Nothing compares, though, to the Love that hung the stars, and the Love that breathed life into each of us, the Love that hung on a tree to reconcile us to Righteousness. It is that Love that inspires us to sacrifice ourselves—our selfish desires, our faithless fears, our loveless hearts. It is that Love that draws us out of ourselves and makes us better than we can be on our own, it causes us to love dangerously, to love fully, to love sacrificially. To give ourselves away.
A few of my favorite song lyrics on love:
If it doesn’t break your heart it isn’t love, no if it doesn’t break your heart, it’s not enough. It’s when you’re breaking down with your insides coming out; that’s when you find out what your heart is made of. Yet—Switchfoot
This foolishness can leave the heart black and blue. Only love, only love, can leave such a mark. But only love, only Love, can heal such a scar. Magnificent—U2.
Love that will not betray you, dismay or enslave you, it will set you free to be more like the man you were made to be. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons.