Love til it hurts!

February 1, 2007

I was chatting to a friend about the words ‘Love until it hurts’, which i think are rightly attributed to Mother Teresa. 

She of course is the lady who spent most of her life tending to those that most people chose to avoid: the ‘unclean’!  In years gone by lepers would’ve been total outcasts in society, they had to ring a bell when they were coming down the street so people would know to flee.  They were avoided in some respect for medical reasons i.e. that no one wanted to contract what they had.  However lepers, like all people, are made for love: to be loved and give love. 

If someone at your church smells or is unpopular, would you avoid them, not wanting to be associated with them? 

Put yourself in the position of being lonely, feeling ugly and unwanted -how blessed would you feel if someone took time to show you some interest and care?  Maybe there’s a mum at school about whom others gossip, maybe an awkward person in your prayer group people partly ignore…

Mother Teresa chose to ignore what others thought, and even her own selfish desires, giving herself to the service of others, even though it was a risk.

We are called not to have favourites: “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes comes in.  If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes… have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” (from James 2:1-4)

Treat EVERYONE as you would wish to be treated, even if it means dying to your own desires and wants i.e. even if it hurts.

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15 Responses to “Love til it hurts!”

  1. timglass said

    Amen! Sister Maria!
    His blessings this day.

  2. Debi said

    Maria…thanks so much for the reminder…we often experience “fallout” from choosing to love people others avoid..ie we become unpopular too…but we must look at them as Christ does and just keep loving. I was just wrestling with all of this yesterday and the Lord has used you to get me back on track! Thanks…

  3. DulceDiana said

    Learning to love…

    Bless you,

    DulceDiana

  4. timbob said

    To love others with the love of Christ. It takes a continual striving to be more like Christ. Another good reflection.
    Have a blessed day in Christ.
    Timbob

  5. storbakken said

    Lovin’ the unlovable. Not an easy charge. But a worthy one. Thanks.

  6. Jesus loved unconditionally, and although not always easy, we need to strive to do the same thing. Thank you for these thoughts.

  7. donna said

    One has to experience the love of Christ in their hearts in order to love unconditionally….it grieves me daily…the condition of the body of Christ…or the so called church and how its members fail to love as Jesus did….surely grieves me.

  8. Puts me in mind of L’Arche Ministries at it’s beginning….the stories of its founder re:Church and the disabled.
    Thanks for this post.

  9. Yes, Maria. Some scholars suggest that the word “agape” speaks of love to this degree. I’ve heard it defined as: seeking another’s highest good regardless of the cost to oneself.

    -bill

  10. helenl said

    I saw Mother Teresa at the Charlotte Coliseum a number of years ago. A tiny woman, she was lead to the podium to speak. We were in a balcony, so it was hard to see her, except on the monitors. There, we saw close-up pictures of her face. Over eighty, she was beautiful. Her face shone with the light of Jesus.

    The crowd that day was mostly Catholic. But I was impressed that everyone treated the protestants in the group like honored guests. They even used the longer form of the Lord’s Prayer, rather than the one Catholics usually use. (Both, of course, are quoting scripture, so any Christian can say either version.) I’m sure Mother Teresa loved that.

    She was an inspiration for us all.

  11. I am a new comer to your site and I already have you listed as a “Good read” on my site. Preach on sister!! Many blessings to you.

  12. Celeste said

    Wonderful post…something I think many of us need to remember.
    I used not to think much about this until I came in contact with a few blind people. These people often get snubbed or ignored.
    “Put yourself in their place”-YES!

  13. Indeed, my dear indeed! Shame some of us are the ones that people don’t like!However we are all here to try to love as Christ does. So I shall add some of the things Mother Teresa said:
    “The more repugnant the work, the greater should be our faith and cheerful devotion. That we feel the repugnance is but natural, but when we overcome it for love of Jesus we may become heroic.” “Love has a hem to her garment that reaches the very dust. It sweeps the stains from the streets and lanes, and because it can it must.” Thanks honey!

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