In-Sight: Radical Love

There is nothing more difficult to accept than the idea of radical love.  Whether we are on the receiving end or the giving end, radical love is an elusive butterfly.

On the receiving end, most of us convince ourselves that our sin/mistake record puts us out of contention for the “beloved person of the year award.”  Or if not that, we can easily believe we are invisible in the presence of a God who has a lot more to do than stop and love us.  We settle for benign neglect.

On the giving end, most of us have experienced conditional love so much that we really do not believe God’s love has no pre-requisites–none, nunca, nada.  Or if not that, too many people have been taught a theology that (covertly or overtly) requires or expects a person to do penance in order to “qualify” for God’s love.  We settle for a grace-deficient gospel.

On either end, the Hound of Heaven pursues us constantly, relentlessly–“O love that will not let me go.”  On the receiving end, God says, “I am head-over-heels in love with YOU.”  On the giving end, God says, “Put no stumbling block in front of my little ones.”

Everything in this blog ends up in one word: agape.

Receive it.  Give it.  That’s it.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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