To live is to let love well up and stream through us as the beat, pulse, and rhythm of our lives, connecting us to ourselves, our neighbors, the whole family of earth’s creatures, and God, the alpha and omega of love. To love (which is to live) is to be seeking, fostering, and sustaining connections with that which is different and other—without domination, absorption, or fusion, in delight, in care, in compassion.
It is in loving (or not loving) that we are (or are not) human. It is in heeding the call of love—in making life-affirming connections—that we become human…Loving is not merely one thing among others that we are called to do—an extraordinary achievement, a heroic gesture that completes ordinary acts and raises them to a higher level. Love is not an additive, a spiritual supplement reserved for saints…Loving is of the essence of being human, the connective tissue of reality, the oxygen of life.
–James Olthuis, extracted from Surrender to Love by David G. Benner
And how do we live this love? The Christian understanding is that once a person realizes and accepts his or her unconditional belovedness, God begins the process of becoming love within each soul.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Does your heart beat God’s love?