love light

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
-1 John 4.18a


It is interesting that our desire for Love can be as strong as our fear of being loved. In our deepest parts, we know we crave Love–that unadulterated stream of light which we suspect could pierce through our shadowed layers and touch us at the core. And yet, when Love begins to glimmer before us, threatening to burst like fireworks, we recoil in fear and trepidation. We question whether we deserve, or even want, such illumination. We discover that the very glow of Love that can banish our soul’s darkness and emptiness is the same light that can accentuate the rough edges and scandalous caverns of our being. How we covet the former with the same passion with which we evade the latter!

We can make the mistake of stopping there–in that place where we are so close and yet so far–and then start retreating. For just as we begin to delighfully bask in the first rays of Love’s light, we also find ourselves blushing, ashamed of our highlighted imperfections.

What we don’t realize is that if we hold our ground a bit longer, endure the discomforts of this new brightness before us and the ugliness it unveils; if we allow Love to intensify its glow, then we’ll find that Love can and will do the unthinkable: In its own time, Love will radiate a river of powerful, omnidirectional brilliance that will engulf all our shadows–from the grays of our doubts to the deep blacks of our transgressions–leaving only pure, pulsating white in its wake.

Now, this is the kind of Love we must seek; the kind of Love that we should courageously abandon ourselves to! Not the whimsical flicker of infatuation, nor the offensive beam of selfishness disguised as affection. This Love, in its truest and purest, can only shine on us from an otherworldly Source.

Every perfect gift comes…from the Father of lights
who does not change like shifting shadows.
-James 1.17

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Thoughts sparked by candid conversations by the Manila Bay and at an office corner.

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16 thoughts on “love light

  1. yoko sana maunang magcomment pero ang tagal nilang magcomment e.

    well said kuya πŸ™‚ we’re all talking about these stuff now. hopefully we’ll learn.

    that word–abandon–is so appropriately used. yun nga lang, mahirap sa totoong buhay πŸ˜‰ in time, in time…:)

  2. hihirit sana ako kaya lang baka mapahamak ko sarili ko. hehe πŸ™‚ second the motion na lang ako. ahihi πŸ™‚

  3. nalani – do u recognize any familiar sentiments in this piece? hehe. thank u for the interaction πŸ™‚

    bituing maliit – self-restraint is life-saving sometimes. this one included. haha!

    beng – tenks for the pat on the back πŸ™‚

  4. Wow!!! Is this a sermon or a devotional piece? ‘lam mo Leks-A, pwede ka maging writer! Sulat ka aklat o libro kaya! Bahala ka, basta’t sulat ka, ima-market ko! Ano kaya pwde title sa devtnl books mo? Uhmm! Uhmm! “Aleks for His Utmost(!?) di nga lang original, pero in line with that ang pwdeng maging title ng buksies mo! H1HiHi! Pwde ka imbitahan, inspirational speaker? Ayan ha, sa lahat ng binigyan ko ng comment, sa’yo ang pinakamahabang binigyan ko ng comment! Ganda kasi eh! Blow-out mo naman ako ng isang sarsi! Isa lang!!!

  5. Waw! Kyaudz! Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚ I’ve been suspecting for a long time that you’re cool. Confirmed na ngayon that you’re blogging! Enjoy πŸ™‚

    P.S. Nanay ko lang bibili pag nagkalibro ako! Tapos tatawad pa yun. Hehe.

  6. hehehe….hmmm….mukhang…? well, malapit ka ng mainlove! Yipeey! Yipeey! Sana dun sa gusto ko para sayo! oops! intiraga na itetch!!!!! hihihi….

  7. frenz? yun kayang gusto mo para sa kanya eh yung gusto ko para sa kanya? wahihi! πŸ˜‰

    kyaleks! kaya mo yan! ehehe πŸ˜‰

  8. better find out for myself, i guess…

    kuya aleks, sino yung gusto nila for you?;p

  9. hey alex, my first time to visit your blog…my my my…your prose is terrific…will make a good collection of short essays for a book, I should say…cheers

  10. kuya to! thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚ those are very encouraging words, coming from you πŸ˜‰

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