In my quest to understand the love of God I have added The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis to my reading list. This quote has been familiar to me for awhile but has hit me much differently thinking of it in light of the love of God:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”
What’s hit me about it is that God chose to love us. This quote beautifully shows that love comes at a cost. All of us have felt it. Many of us have tried to escape it. But God knew what He was getting Himself into and chose to do it anyways. He knew Christ would have to give up His heavenly glory for a little while, He knew all the suffering Christ would encounter on earth, He knew the death Christ would have to die, and He knew He would have to pour out His wrath on His undeserving Son. He knew from the beginning of time that His love for us would cost Him more than I can begin to comprehend and He did it anyways.
God is unique in that He didn’t have to do any of it. He didn’t have to love us. He is love. The Father, Son, and Spirit loved each other perfectly from the beginning of time. God didn’t need to create man. He didn’t need to set His love on us but He chose to and created us so that we could be helpless, needy, dependent creatures drawing from His love, power, strength, grace and mercy. And somehow He has given us the ability to love Him in return.
The more I think about this the more I’m mind blown by how little we bring to the table and how much we have to gain because God decided to love us and make us His.