Love without borders
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t always love without borders. People can be messy, complicated or down right rude. My survival instinct tends to kick in, followed by a thought process moment of “I’m better than you” which then leads to an air of self-righteousness and comparing that makes me feel worse than if I’d have just turned a blind eye, walked on by and left it be.
But, here’s the thing. Love without borders doesn’t mean that you don’t set boundaries or use wisdom in the encounters you have with the people that cross your path. And it’s not a green light to stop helping people to improve, change or set better goals. We are all accountable for our own actions. Love without borders means that you just love people where they’re at.
Love without borders is more about choosing to love people. The more we pursue an intimate relationship with God, the easier it is to choose love over judgement and accept people without questions.
When you love the unloveable, something happens. People see Jesus in you. When you notice the unnoticed there is a powerful exchange. Jesus always had time for the unclean, untouchable, nobodies. He spoke life into people who were treated with disrespect and distaste. He helped people see that their tumblings, what-ifs and what-might-have-beens in their life didn’t disqualify them to be approached by His grace and mercy.
Trying to live out a life that loves without borders without God is tricky, if not near on impossible. After all, we are all human and it only takes the perfect love of God to sustain and help us to keep loving on the people we meet throughout this life.
I know what you’re thinking. This seems like an awful lot of work. Do I really want to love without borders at the expense of my comfort zone?
But, as I said before, you are not doing this ‘loving business’ on your own. God is love. And if you’re wholeheartedly in love with Him, then seriously, it’s a no brainer.