Huey Lewis, a great prophet of 80’s pop music, once wisely said: “The power of love is a curious thing.”
He’s right. Love will inspire you to do some risky things. It will cause you to lose yourself for the sake of another.
Sometimes, love looks like simply listening as someone shares their heart or their hurt. Other times, love looks like speaking up and standing between a person and a destructive habit. Love will always create a distinctive response in the recipient – but sometimes that response is rejection.
Many times we settle for making someone feel loved rather than actually choosing to love them.
Love is not always doing what feels good. It is not always easy, nor does it always come naturally. In fact, love is often best proved in the fires of hard moments and hard conversations.
Here are some questions I asked to test our willingness to love in a recent sermon based on the parable of the Good Samaritan:
- Are you willing to risk being rejected by others for the sake of Jesus?
- Are you willing to risk a relationship for the sake of sharing what God is doing in your life?
- Are you willing to risk sounding “uncool” by actually talking about heart, rather than always sticking to the surface?
- Are you willing to associate with those that live an openly sinful lifestyle?
- Are you willing to have a hard conversation with a Christian who may be stuck in their sin?
- Are you willing to pursue someone that you know will likely reject/hurt you? Will you persist in your pursuit if they do?
- Are you willing to pursue someone whose lifestyle is opposite of yours?
- Are you willing to be inconvenienced for someone? Even for someone who you don’t really know? Even if there is no reward?
Truth be told, this level of love as described in the passage is impossible for us in our own strength. Ultimately this passage is describing Jesus’ love for us. He is the Good Samaritan and we are the injured traveler.
But the beautiful thing about the Gospel is that once we have received Jesus’ love and grace in our broken state, He will begin to love others through us – if we are open to it.
You can listen to the sermon here: What Love Really Is