“Shot through the heart and you are to blame, you give love a bad name!!”
The Bon Jovi mega-hit echoes the feeling of heartbreak experienced by someone still wrapped in the fresh emotions of the event. As Christians this sentiment triggers a question, “How am I to handle heartbreak?”. Listen.
We started off our Summer of Love series looking at the idea of love: an emotion, a feeling, a choice, an action. Our theme verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a lists the aspects of love, what it is and what love is not. For Christians then, living love is living like Jesus.
You are to blame. It can be easy at times to point the blame for hurt at others, especially when their actions are the cause of our heartbreak. However, the choice to respond to being treated badly still resides with us. It is our choice to respond as Christ.
In 1 John 2:3-6 the scripture ends with “This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did”… and Jesus forgives.
It is then a difficult but necessary decision to forgive. We must make decisions. We came away with two sentences:
“I choose to stop putting blame on others.”
“I choose to Love.”
As we choose to stop blaming others and love we will be living as Jesus. We will be living truth in action to those around us.
Through we may be shot through the heart, we can choose to forgive and to love again.
It is a step to true love. #SummerOf Love