Jesus’ Commandment Is, Love
We must learn to move beyond ourselves, to say no to instant gratification, to set limits on our own needs and somehow to meet somebody else’s needs. That’s why Jesus commanded us to love. He didn’t suggest it. He didn’t say when you get healed, love; when you grow up, love; when you get it together and have dealt with all your mother/father/husband/children wounds, then start loving. No, the commandment for all of us is, Love.
Until we love, we really do not even know who we are. In fact, we can buy into all the self-discovery the world has to offer and still not know ourselves.
That’s countercultural. We are supposed to keep telling people they’re good and beautiful; they’re great and fantastic, Jesus loves them – and eventually they’ll believe it. But I haven’t seen that work. I think we know the love of God is within us when we ourselves can “do love” much more than when people tell us we are lovable. We can always disbelieve the second, but the first is an unexplainable power.
from Letting Go: A Spirituality of Subtraction
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