“…when you do love a thing, its gladness is a reason for loving it, and its sadness a reason for loving it more.”
~ G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy
Our world has given us such a ruined, small, anemic definition of love that often times when we use the word we don’t even realize we’re expressing the opposite of love! I do believe this quote highlights the long-suffering, “endures all things” love that the Apostle wrote about to the Corinthians. I also believe it demands something of us that we are utterly incapable of delivering on our own: the commitment to will one’s good even when greatest desire is to see bad come to them. In other words, when those around us are at their saddest, baddest, and most pathetic, true love steps up and loves harder.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience– among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2.1-5/ESV)