Allowing oneself to be loved by God changes everything.
. Living as a disciple who is loved by God is not some abstract notion or a form of religious diligence.
. Living as a disciple who is loved by God is a fundamental truth that should go to the core of our existence.
And when it does, a profound tenderness for other life is a natural consequence. When it does, our perception of reality is dramatically changed. “There is neither slave nor free, male nor female, Jew nor Gentile.” All become worthy of our respect. A little child’s interruptions (I know something of these :-) are cause for a type of worship. Sinners and saints are both seen through the eyes of Jesus.
There are many who take to religion like a duck to water. Their lives and the world suffers because of it.
There are fewer still who allow themselves to be loved by their Creator and their character as well as the world around them is the richer for it.
This is why disciples of Jesus tend to be far more inclined to defend life than lobby for the death of the innocent. Knowing that we are loved by our Creator should create a tenderness toward all others, not just the powerful, wealthy, intelligent and beautiful.
“What is required is to become the Beloved in the common places of my daily existence and, bit by bit, to close the gap that exists between what I know myself to be and the countless specific realities fo everyday life. Becoming the Beloved is pulling the truth revealed to me from above down into the ordinariness of what I am, in fact, thinking of, talking about, and doing from hour to hour.”