I heard the song His Kind of Love by Group 1 Crew today on KSBJ in Houston (my favorite station)! I am sure I have heard it many times, but I was planning to run today and the great beat struck me. I drove home from dropping the girls off, bought it for my i-pod, put it on repeat, and ran out the door.
The song got me really pumped up for a run, and as I running I was really listening to the words and feeling His love, praying for understanding His love, and wanting to share His love. I made it home and as I was stepping into the house I was listening to the line in the song, “Is reckless for us” and do you know who I thought of? I thought of women in abusive relationships and marriages.
I thought to myself these women understand reckless love. They stay with their partner or husband through the beatings, through the verbal abuse, through the humiliation. They love their partners and they wait out the bad times and hope for the good times to return. They haven’t forgotten the glimmer of Jesus that they saw in their spouses eyes when they first met and they probably see Jesus again every morning after the storm in the apologies, hugs, kisses and promises that it will never happen again. They lose friends and family who don’t understand why they won’t leave. In the end others give up on them or even start to hate them for their weakness for staying… just as Jesus was despised by so many. The bruises, scars, and pain are their battles wounds showing us that they know a lot about loving as Jesus loves. They know about Reckless Love.
I am in no way suggesting these women stay in these relationships or continue to put up with abuse. I don’t want that for them or anyone!
However since realizing this, I will never again look upon these women with pity. I will see them as Warriors of Love! I will want to kiss their battle wounds and pray for a quick recovery. I will want to ask how to help them and not take the assumption that I know how to help them. I will want to thank them for showing me that it is possible in our world to love recklessly as Jesus loves us. I will want to ask them how they do it (not as a put down or to embarrass them, but as a student would ask a teacher) so that I can humbly try to spread the love that they are spreading through this one lost individual that they have been appointed to care for, teach and love!
Jesus please help us to love as these women love and help us to change our perspective and see these women as You want them to be seen, as Your Warriors of Love!