Everything good thing has its limit, right? Too much of anything can be a bad thing, right? That’s what we’re taught, and for the most part, I would agree. Recently, however, I have begun to rethink this mindset when it comes to something specific…
Are there limits to love? Is it possible to love someone too much? Christ gave us a new commandment to love one another in the exact SAME way that He loved us. He enabled us to live out this new command when He awakened us to His own life and love on the inside of us. That means we have the ability to love others with the EXACT same love. The way He loved others is the way we will love others. His love did not place demands on others. His love did not evaluate and condemn. His love was so intense that He violated every human social barrier that existed.
His love caused Him to be misunderstood.
His love caused Him to be viewed with suspicion.
His love caused Him to be maligned & interrogated.
His love was fearless.
His love caused Him to be killed.
His love had no limit.
Jesus never placed limits on His love. If this was true of the love in Him two thousand years ago, it will also be true of His love in us today. There is no difference or separation between the love that He carried, and the love that we carry . Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, and don’t fear the consequences of His love.
My dear brothers and sisters, you have been set free to love without limit. His love in us is fearless, and is the medicine that cures us. Our new nature and identity is rooted in love. When we act, speak, and move together by this indwelling love, nothing shall be impossible for us. We will begin to function and express Christ the way we were always meant to function and express Christ.
Love will compel you to come out of paralysis and passivity.
Love will compel you to lose your self-awareness.
Love will compel you to speak to one another and say the things that love compels you to say for the purpose of edification.
Love will compel some of you to paint, create, and sing.
Love will compel some of you to write.
Love will compel some of you to travel.
Love will compel some of you to weep and pray.
Love will free you to engage others in intimate relationships.
Love will compel some of you to move to another city to be built with other brothers and sisters in Christ.
Love will be the life saving medicine you no longer fear.
Brothers and sisters, don’t be afraid to let the love inside of you out in deeper relationships among each other. We’ve all been love sick for far too long. Thankfully, we have each other’s medicine living on the inside of us. I’d like to leave you with this song by Emeli Sande that powerfully communicates this reality. Please take a few minutes to consider her words.