Pause for a moment and consider the image on the left.
For many of us, this proclamation is not a given. We have been hurt, rejected, and betrayed, sometimes by the people who should have loved us most. We do not feel accepted as we are. Our belonging is contingent on cleaning up our act or agreeing with those in authority over us.
But what if it were true? Read those words again, but this time “try them on” like you would a new coat. How do they feel? What difference would it make in your life if they were true?
Only once we have experienced our belovedness are we able to extend love to others. The call to love is not a heavy command meant to weigh us down, as if we are working to pay off a debt. It is an invitation into the life we ache for – heart, body, and soul. When we love, we are most alive.
When giving and receiving love becomes as natural as breathing in and out,
it is no longer something we do, but who we are.
This is what it means to embody love.
Embodied love is the most powerful force in the universe. When Jesus – the truest embodiment of God’s infinite love – touched what was “unclean,” it became clean by the power of his love. We believe that what our world needs more than anything else is embodied love. In your home, in your workplace, wherever you find yourself.
What would it look like if, in every place of darkness in our world, there was also a person awakening into new life, letting the warmth of God’s love flow out of their own broken places? What if this person could guide others into the stream of God’s love, joy, and peace? What would be the impact on a neighborhood with just a handful of people like that?
If this vision appeals to you, if you long to experience love, if you want to grow in your ability to love others, then join us on this journey of embodying love.
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“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.”
"Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another.
This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—
when they see the love you have for each other.”
“Our goal is to create a beloved community
and this will require a qualitative change in our souls...”