Brave– Feeling or showing no fear, having or showing courage (Definition by Merriam Webster)
Love– Unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as 1): the fatherly concern of God for humankind 2): brotherly concern for others (One of multiple definitions by Merriam Webster)
Brave Love can be simply defined as extending genuine kindness to others when there is the potential for that act to be painful, risky, or frightening.
If we’re truly honest with ourselves, the situations that require Brave Love are endless. It can be a challenge to give our whole hearts when we are weighed down by the monotony of our routine. It goes against every fiber of our being to reach out to a negative or nasty person. It can be terrifying to extend forgiveness to someone who has caused us great pain.
Loving bravely requires us to step out of our comfort zone. It demands that our hearts and eyes be open and constantly looking for an opportunity to love our neighbors.
This isn’t easy, friends. But it is thee answer. In a world that is full of senseless violence and inexplicable crimes, it is so easy to feel helpless, to think as though we are too small to make a difference. It often feels as though we are tugged to live our lives in total fear or pulled under a rock to avoid reality all together.
Brave Love is our solution. This is how we fight back. This is how we change the world, our relationships, and our souls.
God has been urging me to love more bravely. And He has reminded me that without community, it means nothing. I hope this can be a space for us to share our stories of kindness and courage, to encourage and support one another as we take that leap to fully experience Brave Love.