The truest form of love is fearless, not because its heart has been heavily fortified with arms and able-bodied defenders but, rather, it is so full of the One who crafts its beat.

Should we choose to keep what the world says is deservedly ours, we must maintain it. Soon, we begin to fear losing it. We cannot love without condition because our primary motive is the preservation of what is ours. If we dare to throw open our hearts’ door, we too will surrender what is ours to keep or give and, in doing so, might love without fear.

Consider Jesus. The bible says “Jesus knew his Father had put all things under his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, so he got up from [the Last Supper], took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet”. I remain utterly astounded that Jesus’ choice in that eternal moment, as his opportunity narrowed to escape a sure betrayal and death, was not to secure safety for himself but to lovingly linger among dirty feet. It is clear that Jesus’ heart beat in the same rhythm and so the same purpose as the One who loved him. Jesus was fully confident in his Father’s power to redeem his life and so was free to surrender it.

As we gain faith in our Creator, we gain his power to choose love without fear. Without God’s power to love fearlessly, it is simply impossible to love freely. If we control something or someone, even something or someone very special, we have not loved but merely feared. If we strive to earn love from something or someone, we have not loved but simply feared. If we judge something or someone, we have not loved but feared. Bravery, as defined by fearless love, is a willingness to love gray, to draw from the power of the Perfect to love the imperfect.

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