Sometimes He calls us to cut off the foot, the hand, the eye because they have become obstruc-tions to love. Sometimes He simply amputates the offending limb. He removes those things thathide our hurts, our broken places, our attitudes that resist the limitless love of God. These thingsseem so deeply connected our lives, our ego, our identity that to lose them feels as if we’ve lost avital limb.In the midst of such sacrifice, we may live under the illusion that we cannot continue to livewithout our foot, our hand, our eye, and sadly many times we sink into depression and even bit-terness. But the call of amputation (whether it’s the loss of a dream, a house, a job, and some-times even a relationship) may just be the call of love.Paul encouraged the saints to love for love is the fulfillment of the commandments.
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled thelaw. For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: "You shalllove your neighbor as yourself." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillingof the law. (Romans 13:8-10)
But what we may fail to realize is that learning to love will not simply cost us everything, it willcost us something. The wounds of sin have damaged each of us in ways that hinder us from lov-ing fully, completely, divinely. The trauma of living in a sin-stained world means that we will anddo continue to suffer wounds. Whether acknowledged or not, these wounds are real, are painful,are deadly.Many a successful law practice, business and even church has been built on the foundation of wounded hearts in need of healing. The success simply hides the ache. While the Pharisees ap-peared as the righteous leaders, Jesus accused them of being white-washed tombs. The nation of Israel appeared to be worshipping YHWH and walking in His righteousness, but Isaiah indicatedotherwise.Outwardly they appeared righteous and holy, but they were really rag-covered beggars whosehearts were far from God. We are no different from the ancient Israelites. And often the suc-cesses that define us are merely compensations for the weaknesses we feel. Our hope, ourstrength, our victory is in Christ alone. Outside of His great grace, all our accomplishmentswhither and fade and blow away into dust.In His great and unyielding grace, He is leading us into love. Love that fulfills the command-ments. Love that rests in Him. Love that restores a broken world.