The Suffering Love Which Brings Easter Joy
Posted by LizzyBeth
…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 entaglements; 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. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe form all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
I believe that the most lawless and inordinate loves are less contrary to God’s will than a self-invited and self-protective lovelessness. It is like hiding the talent in a napkin and for much the same reason “I know thee that thou wert a hard man.” Christ did not teach and suffer that we might become, even in the natural loves, more careful of our own happiness. If a man is not uncalculating towards the earthly beloveds whom he has seen, he is none the more likely to be so towards God whom he has not. We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the suffering inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it.
~C. S Lewis, The Four Loves
Christ drew nearer and showed us what it meant to be vulnerable unto love. He suffered and died to redeem His people. That is love…that is obedience to God, the ultimate expression of love. This is where we as Christians can celebrate Easter joy. We celebrate the love of Christ as we proclaim the mystery of the faith – Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ shall come again.
About LizzyBethThere is a Story inside of me that I must give a voice. I write so that imagination can take me to Faerie and I can catch a glimpse of the Otherworld and hopefully so will you.
Posted on April 7, 2013, in Authors, C. S. Lewis, Christianity, Lantern Hollow Press Authors, Rachel Burkholder and tagged C. S. Lewis, Christ, Easter Joy, love, Mystery of Faith, Suffering Love, The Four Loves. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.