There has been a bit of a wrangle in my mind lately; why have we accepted to distance ourselves from love? And even more so, why have we convinced ourselves that this makes us stronger?

I’m certain we have all had a moment where we think “there’s just so much hate in the world,” so why not be the change? I don’t mean that to be so one has to make a tremendous movement; start from home. Begin with yourself. Begin with your life.

1John 4:18 says, “There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.”

We have let fear run our lives and, even worse, replaced love with pride. We choose to deny one another what we each desperately seek, we deny these words even to ourselves. Do you see the cycle?

There seems to be a preference to calculate every thought and every movement people have in the fear that it will not benefit ones intentions. But I believe it wise to acknowledge, and accept FULLY, that not everyone who we invite into our lives will want to stay and enjoy a cup of tea. Not everyone is meant to walk in and take a seat.

We cannot keep feeling guilty for embracing something that comes naturally to our species, and many others as well. We should not feel ashamed for opening up those doors. Love is far too beautiful to simply suppress.

I am not only referring to a love in romance, because as we all know, love comes in many shapes and sizes.

Love does not need to be directed to a single being; LOVE is a state in itself. LOVE allows us to see the beauty in everyone. LOVE clears up the dark skies in our minds that makes us go against our brothers and sisters. LOVE is what makes us smile every day. We can even be a world away, and it’s LOVE that stays right by our sides.

People have a habit of complicating many things for themselves, but if we examine how easy it is, even for the firmest of personalities, to feel LOVE (even if they don’t admit to it) all we need to do is ask ourselves why we’re not saying the words.

If the answer leads you to the same thing, whichever way you try to word it, FEAR, then I suggest you gain a little courage to not miss out on such a gift. I suggest you take off that armor and just let the words come out. Though you probably won’t feel like saying “I love you” to EVERYONE, to those you do you bestow the opportunity to say they KNOW they are loved, even if you begin by saying it to yourself (and meaning it). Especially because, even though we all would love the ability, we cannot read minds. But most importantly, because you never know when you will lose the opportunity to share the wonder that someone has brought into your life WITH THEM.

In light of it being a month where love will be shoved at our faces, I challenge you to begin RIGHT NOW if you haven’t, and simply never stop. Make a habit of sharing, and break the habit of hiding; also concluding with a reminder of the simplest of commands that we’ve ALL received:

“Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples- when they see the love you have for each other.” John 13:35

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