Brave Love

The love of Jesus plays out in vulnerability, humility, and obedience at the cross. But it is not a passive love. At Calvary, Jesus runs headlong into the fray, engaging intensely with all that stands in His path. Words like grace and mercy can sound so warm and carefree in certain contexts—but there is nothing soft or fluffy about them in this place. There is blood on the battlefield and a tremendously painful cost in His act of submission. The love of Jesus is not just tender affection or heartwarming kindness. It is not always the softened, blurry-edged picture we might see on our Christmas cards. This is a bold and brave love, journeying into the thick of the fight to rescue the objects of its affection. In those moments of deep surrender at the cross, Jesus fights the good fight, determinedly devoted to His Father and loving all of mankind with every labored breath.

Redman, Matt. Mirror Ball: Living Boldly and Shining Brightly for the Glory of God. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2011. Print.