God has called us to be lovers and we frequently think that He meant us to be saviors. So we "love" as long as we see "results." We give ourselves as long as our investments pay off, but if the ones we love do not respond, we tend to despair and blame ourselves and even resent those we pretend to love. Because we love someone, we want them to be free of addictions, of sin, of self -- and that is as it should be. But it might be that our love for them and our desire for their well-being will not make them well. And, if that is the case, their lack of response no more negates the reality of love than their quickness to respond would confirm it. ~ Rich Mullins (Virtue Reality, July-August, 1994)We don't need to be saviors. we need to be lovers.
we don't need to see results. we need to see those who need love.
we don't need to offer the 'feeling' of love. we need to offer the virtue of love.
we don't need to use love to buy good behavior. we need to love as God loves.
we are not called to save or to change others. we are called to love with real, genuine love.
love is not dependent upon someone responding to it.
Salvation is possible because real love is there. True love flows from God to those who know Him - and truly live and walk like His Son, Jesus.