Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
Radical love is a goal, a goal for anyone who knows how much God loves them. While few of us will attain the radical love that Christ calls us to, that Christ has modeled for us, we have as our aim to love as we have been loved. I’ve been thinking about how it might look to love radically.
1. Radical love is unhindered by misunderstandings or misspoken words. People don’t always say the right thing, or write the right thing. Yes, just like us they are imperfect at best. They are dealing with issues unknown. Just like us they struggle to remove their emotions and to craft the exact message that we want to hear. In fact, they don’t know what we are thinking, so how could they possibly perfect their words to our needs?
2. Radical love is unbroken when actions of another break our heart. When we are abandoned, or rejected, or cruelly treated, it is difficult to see goodness in the one who chooses to treat us so. Even so, the one who acts in these ways needs love. Those who are loved deeply, and those who love others deeply, put away hateful behaviors. We can choose to see beyond the acts, to the soul of one where love is most needed.
3. Radical love makes every effort to give grace, seeking the best for others in every circumstance. Grace wants the best, even for those who do not want the best for us. We receive grace from God so we can extend His grace to others. Every person, even those who choose to turn from God, are recipients of God’s grace. Yes, it takes radical love to give grace to those who wound us. Yes, it does.
4. Radical love seeks and never rejects, restores and never destroys, rejoices and never blames. Deep love stays faithful through every storm and trial. We may disagree. We may grieve the choices others make. Even so, Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV).
There is more that can be said about radical love, but suffice it to say that no aim in life is more difficult than this.