double–edged sword - noun
: a sword that has two sharp edges
: something that has both good and bad parts or results
In the bible, the Word of God is likened to such in Hebrews 4:12...
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
This blog is not about that.
This blog is about love.
I am not sure if someone before me has drawn up such a comparison. I am not sure if writing this blog on Valentines day is such a good idea. But please, please bear with me.
Love is a two edged sword. So by definition, it should have both good and bad parts.
I see the good when I look at my husband. He is the embodiment of all that is pure and loving and caring. Sugar and spice and all things nice. Everything that warms your soul and gives you strength. I am not saying HE is perfect. Faaaaaaaarrrrrrr from it! ( That will be my next blog topic) But his love. Perfect. All Good.
And on the other hand. The bad. So many examples come to mind. To sum them all up, them who do not love you in the same measure that you do them. I have seen many in life. Me being someone who loves loving. Who will do anything for those I love. The only thing that sways this 'tough punjabi' is love. But it is also the one thing that has brought me to my knees. Time and again. Broken heart. Failed expectations. Trampled on dreams. Pushed aside feelings. I could go on and on and on...
So what do we do? Don't love. Because it is love that opens you out. makes you vulnerable. The more you love the more you get hurt.
But then I look at my husband. How can I not love? How can I not embrace the good parts?
And besides... Christ asks us to love. In fact he goes a step further to say, Love those who hate you.
So what do we do? What do I do? Love.
But with wisdom. Without expectations. Without responsibilty.