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The Christian Post

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana law regulating abortionists

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked Louisiana from implementing an abortion clinic regulation that was enacted four years ago but has been mired in a court battle since. In a 5-4 decision, with Chief Justice John Roberts as the swing vote, the justices granted the appeal....... More

PERFECT LOVE

 

Perfect love.

 

Unconditional love.

 

Infinite love.

 

Hard to conceive.

 

Not the kind of love that professes exclusivity and then six months later is found sordidly rutting with the nearest available alternative.

 

Not the kind of love that says it is unconditional and then spends the next 20 years tearing you down and withholding affection unless you say/do/be exactly what is required.

 

Not the kind of love that wrecks you instead of completing you.

 

Not even the kind of love that tries so hard to give and give and give, and love and love and love, but because both the lover and the love are broken, the giving and the receiving and the loving never are perfect. Nor unconditional.

 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-8.

 

Most of us can do some of that some of the time. Some of us can do most of that nearly all the time. When I read and meditate upon those verses, I feel sorry for the people I love. I sell them short.

 

God does all of it all the time.

 

He simply says “Relax. Nothing you have ever done, or ever will do, will stop me loving you. The same infinite energy I used to create the universe, I channel into my love for you. The same infinite wisdom I used to formulate my perfect plan for the world, I channel into creating the joyous, abundant, peace-filled life that is available for you. I love everybody else at the same intensity as I love you, but I know you perfectly, better than you do yourself, and I want a relationship with you as an individual, and I love you in the one way that is perfectly aligned with your personality. I will always be gentle with you – I will show you what you are doing wrong, but never, never, never will I withhold my unconditional love for you. I want to protect you and nurture you and nourish you and build you and free you and comfort you and strengthen you and – love you and love you and love you and love you. Always. Forever.”

 

The agony, misery and loneliness of losing someone I love (for me, so far only my father), even with my imperfect love, are awful. The opportunity to continue loving that person, in an active, relational sense, ripped away.

 

I suspect that if my love was perfect, the agony, misery and loneliness would be even worse. The gap between the joy of the loving relationship and the horror of it ending would be much (infinitely?) bigger than the gap I experienced.

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

 

So here are two of the only three beings (I don’t have space to get technical about the Holy Trinity here, so cut me a break and just go with two beings) who have ever been able to practice perfect love, voluntarily, willingly, planfully destroying the best, most loving relationship there has ever been, for my benefit.

 

And yours.

 

The greater the love, the greater the sacrifice.

 

Perfect love, perfect sacrifice.

 

One day we will know that perfect love clearly.

 

To know perfect, unconditional, infinite love, and to know that you will never experience it personally for all eternity, would be one of hell’s greatest torments.

 

To know perfect, unconditional, infinite love, and to know that you will experience it personally for all eternity, will be one of heaven’s greatest joys.

 

But you can start now.

 

God bless,

Chris

 

 

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Family Demands Answers after Chinese Christian Woman

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