Love is not passive. Love is active. Love isn’t just a feeling.
Scripture says, “Love casts out fear.” Love is not passive. Love is active. Love isn’t just a feeling. Love is a commitment to push back hard against the darkness, refusing to let hate win.
Desmond Tutu said, “Goodness is stronger than evil.” Imagine if we refused to be powerless and found the courage to live as if those words were true.
There’s a story out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa of a woman who faced the white police officer who burned her husband to death. The last words she heard her husband say were, “Forgive them.”
She faced the officer who embodied hate and fear who lit the match and the Commission asked her what she wanted. She calmly said, “Three things. I want this officer to take me to the place where they burned my husband’s body so that I can gather the dust and give him a proper burial. Second, this officer took my family away and I have a lot of love to give and he needs to know he is loved. Twice a month I would like this officer to come to the ghetto and spend a day so I can be a mother to him. Third, I would like this officer to know he’s forgiven by God and that I forgive him. I would like some one to lead me to where he is seated so I can embrace him and he can know my forgiveness is real.”
Love casts out fear and hate.
May we gamble our lives on the truth that goodness is stronger than evil and love the hell out of this world?
Tell me, what is the work of love that is yours to do today because love anywhere increases love everywhere?