Lewis on Love

025f75f17ee7e3ca0bff435b17b68e2a“The only place outside heaven where  you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell”

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.”

“Christ did not teach and suffer that we might become, even in the natural loves, more careful of our own happiness”

I was stunned when I first read these quotes from The Four Loves. I find great wisdom from a man who believed in what the Bible says and that it is meant to be lived out wholeheartedly. I hear about love and feel like I know what it means, but really, my basis of reference probably comes more from a movie or other book than from the Source of love Himself. C.S. Lewis reminds me of how I am called to a high standard of love; love for others, and love from others, and principally, love for God. Jesus said we would be known by our love, and yet there seems to be so little sometimes. I hope to be open to love and be loved in return (I can hear the song from Moulin Rouge now:) daily, not just in a romantic way, though that can come too. We make love seem so vague, but Jesus offered the perfect picture of it.

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