“I will cease to live if I cannot be with you.”
Sounds Shakespearian, or maybe a line from “50 Shades of Grey,” or a RiHanna song?
It’s all about context.
Now-a-days this could be a codependent red-flag if spoken by a boyfriend, lover, stalker, etc.
Change the context; it changes everything.
Picture these words being spoken by a parent or grandparent who, through no fault of their own, is faced with the thought of being denied access, sight and time with their beloved young child or children.
Though I am not a parent, I have been witness to this type of love; a fierce, almost angry, wild love.
Altruism: the sacrificial love of one for another.
It is a willingness to set aside your very life for the life of someone you love so intensely that life wouldn’t be worth living if they aren’t a part of it.
Soldiers do it for the love of their country.
A parent will step in and sacrifice for their innocent children.
This love is found between siblings, partners, families and spouses who willingly lay down their life to save their beloved.
But what if you were asked to sacrifice your life for something you didn’t care that much about?
Envision being asked to die for your abuser.
Or, for a follower of a different faith that harmed your country;
Or, the ex-boyfriend who dumped you for the larger breasted, more popular girl in school.
What about for the friend who betrayed your trust?
Or, being willing to give your full life for the child who turned away from all your teachings, stole from you and chose a drug ridden path on the streets…
This type of love happened.
This love happens.
This love is available to us because of Jesus.
It is the love He demonstrated on the Cross.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-7)
God, our father in heaven, loves us with such intensity that he sent us the ultimate sacrifice so that we would not cease to live. What He accomplished on the cross makes a tough life worth living, makes death not final and turned everything on its head. It’s the upside down that made things right; the death of an innocent for the lives of the unworthy.
It is the most quoted and therefore the most recognizable verse: John (3:16) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
He seeks us out when we are lost. He calms the storms of the seas of our life. He provides daily for our strength and gives us a hope worth clinging to when all else seems void.
Just know that no matter how unworthy this life can make you feel; that no matter what shames haunt your heart and, despite the burdens that weigh down your willingness to carry them one second longer, you have One that knows you, One that empowers you, One that believes in you, One that died for you because of His fierce, fierce love for you.