Suffering in Love 爱的煎熬

Aug 27: John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Aug 28: 2 Thessalonians 2:16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
Aug 29: Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
Aug 30: 1 Corinthians 12:31 Now eagerly desire the greater gift. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
Aug 31: Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions

Reflections:

Love is suffering. To follow the way and the truth and the life is to suffer. To suffer is to love. Suffering is love. It is in love we suffer, and in suffering, we find love.

I question our Lord: What is true love? If love comes and goes, how can it be true? If the person I love does not reciprocate my love, is that still true love? If the person I once loved is no longer loving me, is that considered true love? Is there everlasting love?

Our Lord God speaks to me and says:

I am asking the right questions, but through the wrong lenses. I have asked from the human perspective. 

God says, love your enemy. Love your neighbour the way I have loved. How can all these be even possible, if we are seeing it through our own sinful nature?

Surely, God is saying human beings will fall, and fail. We should not place our faith in man, but instead on Him, for He has already shown us “the most excellent way” – He gives us “eternal encouragement and good hope”. God knows it is not easy being human, and God says it is possible.

It is possible that when our fellow human beings fail us, we can turn to rely on Him. God understands the anguish, and the pain. Yes, pain. Suffering. God knows that love can bring the greatest joy, and the greatest hurt. God says love is suffering, because we can only cherish what we know we have lost.

And we shouldn’t avoid suffering. We should embrace suffering. Just as we would embrace Love.

Suffering, in the strictest sense, is temporal. In the darkest moment, when I suffered and I could even feel the suffocation, God says – it will be over soon. Look beyond the pain. Have faith. It is not something that you cannot handle, for God will not let you hand your (suffering) more than you can handle. Most importantly, God says – see the Love in the suffering.

Yes! Love is suffering.

And all Glory to God! Amen!

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