Ran across this short video last week:
I love that line,
“Love does not idealize the other.”
It’s so true, and so counterintuitive.
God does not idealize his love for us. He does not wait until we’re the perfect version of ourselves before he loves us perfectly. In fact, Scripture says,
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
So too, we should not idealize love for ourselves. Many struggle to receive love because they believe they must first become worthy of love. This is a lie and a trap, for we have already been declared worthy of love through the cross.
Out of God’s great love for us as we are, we are called to love others as they are. We are not to withhold our love until others meet our expectations and become who we want them to be. Rather, we are called to give it immediately, continuously, generously, even recklessly.
What would your life look like if you continuously received God’s love for you as you are, and continuously loved others as they are; not idealized, just as-is?