Love on the Offensive

by Allie Marie Smith

I’ve been thinking about a simple thought that frightens and excites me: We should love from an offensive stance rather than a defensive position.

The truth is, I’ve lived my life loving people from a defensive position. I wait until my heart feels safe. I keep me walls up and rarely look to love someone longing to be noticed, cared for, and nurtured. I love people only when I think I’ll be loved in return.

But how do we really, truly love proactively and offensively; love without walls, fear or judgement? And why is it so hard?

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. -1 John 3:18

What’s your love-stance? How would your life be different if you loved more from an offensive, not defensive position?

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