© Hilary F. Marckx. All rights reserved
Love like that!
Many of us like to think we are Christians
and we move through life thinking that
we are of that body we call Christ.
Yet when it comes to it, are we really—
Christians in the full, true, sense?
This text tells us where we are in this regard.
Did you know that a half-truth is still a lie?
And because we all are of one body, a lie to you is a lie to me.
Hedging around the truth is a lie, nonetheless.
Do we always say what helps, and not what hurts?
Are we breaking God’s heart?
Profane talk here is not cursing, but talk that is
common, gossipy talk.
We are commissioned to build, not destroy;
to heal, not hurt;
to be angry, but not to hang on to it so it festers,
and becomes vicious and deadly;
and most importantly,
we are expected to love extravagantly, not cautiously,
squandering our love on all
regardless of any gain on our part,
or our perceived worthiness of others.
So, do we love like that?
Do we dare say we follow Jesus,
and are children of the Living God? Do we dare?
Well, we dare to try, and we attempt to become,
don’t we—love like that?