I think most of us are aware of the dream and often used symbolism of the two lovers running towards each other in the field. When they finally meet, they embrace with explosive music triumphantly announcing the union in the backdrop.
What I would like to ask is, who takes the first step? Many of us love through reciprocation. “I love you too”. While powerful, that is a response. It’s clear that Jesus loved us first. Our life is a response to Him. When we choose to follow His example, that is our small way of saying, “I love you back”.
What about our love for each other? The Bible discusses love at great length. It’s easy to love those who love you. (“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.” – Luke 6:32)
So, how then do we love our enemies as commanded? Many of us choose to do so by sitting back and waiting for them to make the first move. They started it. They are in the wrong. Etc. Following the example of Jesus, we must take the first step. In the field of brotherly and sisterly love, we have to start the charge. With arms open wide, we must run to the other. It does not matter if they have not started running, we can cross the entire field to meet them if need be.
This is what Jesus did for us. He met us. He came to us. He loved first. And He embraced us on our side of the field. There is no meeting in the middle. There is no compromise. We don’t compromise the word of God or His gospel. But we can love. We can meet them where they stand and show God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, and sacrifice. The first move is on the Christian. It always will be. We have the wonderful example to follow, after all. And the world needs to see this. Let’s show them love. Let’s show them Jesus.