Love Conquers All.
I’ve heard that phrase for most of my life
at one time or another, and I’m not sure I ever really understood it
until now. I have no idea why it took so long.
It portrays love in the sense of the conquering hero.
The one whom no enemy can stand against.
The difference for me now is that I understand that the battlefield on which all this conflict takes place is in my own heart.
I examine it realistically I have to admit that I always thought of it
in terms of conquering someone else. I wanted love to conform others to
my own expectations of what they should be. I wanted love to be at my command.
Imagine my surprise then, when the blade turned upon me instead.
Love will, if I let it, overcome my pain to grant forgiveness, or ask for it.
It will overcome my pride to extend my hand in friendship to my enemy.
It will overcome my anger to allow my faithfulness.
It will overcome me.
Love conquers all, but first, love conquers me. My walls must be overcome from within.
It is sometimes hard to love, but worth your whole life
to reach just one moment of being completely known by another, and to
know the other in turn. To reach out your hand unseen in the dark
knowing the hand of another is already there in expectation to take it.
It is worth everything for just one moment of this. To be known, and not forgotten.
Living your life in pursuit of that first, and maybe only, all encompassing instant of perfection.
Because God is Love,
He created us as an expression of Himself, hence we are created in His
image. As an expression of God Himself we are inherently worthy of His
sacrifice for us, and yet God on a cross seems so incongruous to our
concept of love. That’s the problem with our interpretation of love.
It’s so watered down we have no concept of what real love is. It’s as
though in so many ways we have sanitized the true expression of love to
be bloodless. It’s all butterflies and sunny days to our general way of thinking.
We seem to forget that love "endures all things"(1Cor 13:7), and the need for endurance implies conflict, distraction, and sometimes pain. We should love fiercely letting nothing come between us.
Love, when practiced honestly, becomes beauty incarnate.
Love influences the practice of my life. It gives everything I do different meaning.
truly is an action, and yet it is more. It becomes what we do, where
we go, who we know and how we know them. Love cannot reach its full
potential in our lives if we do not allow ourselves to live in complete
surrender to it. If I am only capable of loving someone when things are
all good, then I don’t really love at all.
Each of the qualities
of love (1Cor 13) implies that there is a need for that quality because
its opposite exists in the world. Patience is needed because the lack
of it causes bitterness. Kindness is needed because cruelty exists.
The difficult part of this is that we all know that we are capable of
dealing out all the opposing forces of love. We focus on the positive
aspects because we feel better when we actively pursue them as a
lifestyle. There is healing in the practice of love.
enemies” (Lk 6:35), is the most difficult aspect of love, but Jesus gave
us examples of it throughout His life. Judas was the most difficult
enemy to deal with because he was already loved. His ability to cause
pain was increased by the measure of love Christ gave him. There are
times when the evidence of the love of God seems so profound to me that I
actually understand why some people fear it rather than readily accept
Even the one who betrayed Christ was allowed at His table.
Christ knew that Judas was His betrayer, and yet His love for him was
such that He still desired Judas’ presence in the Passover meal; one of
the most intimate of settings.
Judas didn’t deserve that and he
knew it. Jesus knew this as well, and gave it to him anyway. All this
made Judas’ betrayal that much more profound to Judas, for the greater
the love we give when betrayed causes that much more pain for the
And is it not one of the most important aspects of
love that we should find the ability to love our enemies for the simple
fact that when we sin we ourselves act as the most intimate of enemies to God, and He loves us still?
Is He not the greatest example of loving one’s enemy simply by loving
us for, “He loved us while we were yet sinners” (Romans 5:8), let alone
the ones we condemn without authority?
It is the ability of love to not only conquer all things, but to remain after
everything is done and over with. After all the blood has been shed,
the ground churned, and with the vultures circling overhead to pick at
the corpses of our discontent, Love walks among us to restore us after
all the pain to a healed state ready to love again. It is self
perpetuating by nature so that when we learn to love ourselves, as God
loves us, we understand that we must do something to maintain it in
ourselves in order to stay alive to share it with others.
His love makes us matter.
And so we are filled with possibilities.
Because of His love Jesus not only died, but He came back for us!
He. Came. Back.
is this single, overwhelming act of love that inspires every other
expression of true love that we can ever submit to or practice in the
Through His redemption we are alive with the potential to discover the worth of our very souls.
Live in love,
Do battle in love,
Rest in love,
Die in love,
Return in love.
It’s called Easter.
©Dan Bode 2010