Aug 19, 2022 |
Rector's Blog, If God is Love| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Rector's Blog, If God is Love
I want to grow in Love. I want to make my life about Love. I want Love to be the end and the beginning of me.
I hear a lot about the failure of love. That love isn’t enough. That love is only capable of so much. That love only works in ideal situations. That love is all well and good to hope for or think about, and maybe even to try from time to time: But to make love the centerpiece of your life is just fanciful, idealistic, not to mention naïve.
I was about to argue with that, but I don’t know – maybe centering your life on love is fanciful and idealistic and naïve. On the other hand, what else is worth worshiping? If you’re going to put something at the center of you, what other than Love could it be? Is there something better to give your life to than Love?
There are many objections to making Love central to your life, but so many of the ones I’ve heard seem to take a limited view of Love. Love is sometimes substituted with pleasantness or good manners, or attraction or romance. I have heard people describe Love as essentially being nice. And if Love is just these things, then it isn’t God, and it doesn’t deserve our faith, our commitment.