The knowledge that You love us gives us extraordinary strength – strength of will, strength of faith, strength of hope. In Your love is the strength to unashamedly will to turn back to You each time we will to turn away. In Your love is the strength to disregard the hypocrisy that belies our belief in You. In Your love is the strength to be indifferent to the doubts that cloud our hope. The knowledge of Your love for us covers all. There is only one thing such unconditional love urges us to do – return it! Your love does not demand it. It is not a condition of Your love, but You desire it.
Whereas the unconditional quality of Your love is so perfect compared to our besmirched and conditional love, we nonetheless, gain great strength to go on from Your model. We must be cautious about a sense of despair that can set in as an indifference to Your love because its overwhelming nature leaves us unsatisfied with our paltry attempts to return it. In the end there is but faith, hope, and love and it is crystal clear that the greatest of these is love. To seek this love, to become an ever-better receptacle of it, and to reflect it is the essence of the spiritual life. It is the love that comes from You that gives us the strength to do this.
There is a line in The Imitation of Christ that says:”…It’s not hard to despise all human comfort when we have divine.” To grow and thrive we must have love. We gain strength and energy from the love we receive from others, but its source is Your love, and that is all we really need.