Paradoxical Love

Genesis 43:1-34

"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, only love." Mother Theresa

Joseph was left for dead...by his own brothers, not an unknown party, or tribe, but by his own brothers. The perfect reaction, the worldly reaction is to strike those who hurt you. Why would we do anything different? Why is it so easy for us to want an eye for an eye? Why do we want justice, why do we want to retaliate...and we do! With our neighbors, with those we don't know...even with our families. Joseph did something different, Mother Theresa did something different. What will it take for us to do something different? When we retaliate does it make us feel better, does it lift burdens off of our shoulders, or does it add to our fears, our worries, our doubts? Jesus told us about the paradox over 2000 years age, Mother Theresa told us about the paradox in the last 30 years, but until we try to experience it for ourselves we’ll never know it or believe it. It’s so easy, so simple, but so very hard. I pray deep in my bones, that I react with love in everything I do! Amen!

Jim Dietvorst  

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