God is like the dentist
When you have a chance, check out a short book called, “C.S. Lewis on Grief.” It’s divided up into short two page chapters that are excerpts from his writings on grief. It kicked my butt. Below is an excerpt:
Our Lord is like the dentist…Dozens of people go to Him to be cured of some one particular sin which they are ashamed of…or which is obviously spoiling daily life…Well, He will cure it all right: but He will not stop there. That may be all you asked: but if once you call Him in, He will give you the full treatment… That is why He warned people to ‘count the cost’ before becoming Christians. ‘Make no mistake,’ He says, ‘if you let me, I will make you perfect…Whatever suffering it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest until you are literally perfect – until my Father can say without reservation that He is well pleased with you, as He said He was well pleased with me…” (C.S. Lewis on Grief, C.S. Lewis)
Perfect. I tremble and am intimidated by that word. Especially when it is paired with Love. Perfect Love. It’s easier to grasp how God loves us perfectly…i.e. the cross. But how do we love God and each other perfectly? And how do we describe it apart from performance?