The Love Dare: Embarking on a 10 Day Journey of God Given Love


THE LOVE DARE




So, I came across this book on amazon called “The Love Dare.” It’s a step-by-step challenge to married couples to help them meditate on God’s word and have a spirit of unconditional love for each other.  You may still have guessed: I’m not married. How could I complete The Love Dare alone, you ask? Quite simply: the most important marriage one can have is the soul’s marriage to Christ.  With marriage and commitment to Christ, come the necessary obligations of obedience.  Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments with two simple decrees: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all of your soul, and with all of your might,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-40).

It is pretty easy to love a perfect being.  God, with His infinite wisdom and power and goodness provides us with every good thing we need. He is always there, He never changes, and He loves us madly.  Yes, pretty easy to love, indeed.

People, on the other hand. A great deal.  People don’t treat themselves well, so why would we expect them to treat us well?  For these reasons alone, I can’t love people easily because of the way they treat me or the way they make me feel — even the nicest among us don’t always treat everybody right and don’t always make everybody feel good.  It’s human nature. Thus, it has to be a love of God for always being good no matter what and always showing kindness to me no matter what I do that I gain the ability to love myself when I mess up, and love people who will inevitably do the same.

This is not a new revelation — I've always known that my impatience for dumbness couldn't last.  I do dumb things, too, and only because of God’s grace and mercy have I not suffered the consequences of all of the dumb things I've done.  Some people are dead now for doing less than I've done.

Thus, in full acknowledgment of my need of a heart change toward the majority of people, I am embarking on the 10-day “love dare.”(This is actually suppose to be for 40 days but because of exams, I wouldn't go that far for now).  I will blog my progress daily, under the category “The Love Dare.” Please pray with and for me as I ask God to soften my heart and open me up to the completely foreign concept of unconditional love.