Beloved

Love of my life, Look deep in my eyes

There you will find what you need
Give me your life, Lust and the lies
The past you’re afraid I might see
You’ve been running away from me

You’re my beloved, Lover I’m yours
Death shall not part us, It’s you I died for
For better or worse, Forever we’ll be
Our Love it unites us, It binds you to me
It’s a mystery

Love of my life, Look deep in my eyes
There you will find what you need
I’m the giver of life, I’ll clothe you in whine
My immaculate bride you will be
Oh come running home to me

You’re my beloved, Lover I’m yours
Death shall not part us, It’s you I died for
For better or worse, Forever we’ll be
Our Love it unites us, It binds you to me

Well you’ve been a mistress, my wife
Chasing lovers it won’t satisfy
Won’t you let me make you my bride
You will drink of my lips
And you’ll taste new life

-1oth Avenue North, Beloved

My wonderful brother, Mark, gave this song to us missionaries during formation a few days ago. He lead our formation on the most simple and yet most powerful word, LOVE. What is the world’s definition of this word? Let’s look it up…According to dictionary.com, love is: “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection; passion or desire.” Do any of these definitions have something in common? Affection, feeling of personal attachment, passion. YES! These words are all a feeling. You FEEL affectionate towards another, you FEEL a personal attachment to another, you FEEL passion for another. And yet.. what is Christ’s definition of love? “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[a] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16. Or how about this definition: “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:9-11 Or this… “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:12-13.I learned so much about what it means to love others in a way that transcends this world’s definition of love. So often, I love those I know will love me back. I am afraid to love something or someone that might possibly not love me back. I am afraid of rejection. Also, there is a sense of pride in me. This pride tells me that if I am loving someone and they don’t love me back, they are not worthy of my love; that I must withhold my love.  This is a lie! It does not matter how someone responds to my love, it is the love itself that matters. Everyone is worthy of love. I reflect on this song and these words: ” You’re my beloved, Lover I”m yours. Death shall not part us, It’s YOU I died for. For better or worse, forever we’ll be. Our LOVE it unites us, it binds you to me. It’s a mystery.” This is true love: to lay down your life for someone you care for. For better or worse, to love someone. This is NOT a feeling. Love is NOT a feeling. It is a choice: to everyday love someone in a way that as humans we alone cannot do. Because of times in the past I have been rejected in my love, I now fear being vulnerable and sharing my love unconditionally. However, fear is not love. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18.

God, humble me. Allow me to love others the way you love me. Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta puts it perfectly, “The success of love is in the loving- it is not the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the best for the other person, but whether it turns out that ways or not does not determine the value of what we have done.” May we love till it hurts! May we love until we are so broken of ourselves and our humanness that all we have left within us is Christ and His love pouring out through us.

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