The Wounds of a Lover.

The wounds of a lover can be trusted. Proverbs 27:6a (The Message, NIV)

Along with a few other writers, I’ve been reading through and discussing a book on the emotional craft of writing fiction. In it, the author states, 

The arc of moral change isn’t complete when change itself arrives….There is one moe step: proof. When a person has changed, we can see it.*

Just as God doesn’t reign from on high and limit His communication to words, He demonstrated-and continually demonstrates-it.

God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

The demonstration of His love unreservedly included the wounding of His one and only son. He didn’t just offer a sappy, romantic sentiment. It was evident in action.

We could-and can-see it.

The problem is, Mary’s version of heart transformation doesn’t include wounding, allowing disappointment or great loss

Left to me, I’m perfectly content to accept God’s freely offered gift of love (The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life. Romans 6:23), snatching it from His hands like a large, heart-shaped, cellophane-wrapped box of chocolates—sans coconut. But change is required. And breaking stubborn will involves wounding. 

The Lover of my soul knows this.

Because of His genuine concern for and full knowledge of what’s best for me, God wounds. And He heals. He won’t leave His work unfinished.

The wounds of a Lover are intentional. They serve a good and loving purpose. 

Just as fictional characters who don’t demonstrate evidence of heart transformation won’t convince readers there’s been change, it won’t work in real life either.

If I tell you I love you, you’ll know it when I give up something (time, money, talent) for your good.

If I say I’ve conquered a sin, you’ll believe it when I no longer act on it.

If I tell you I’ve overcome a fear, you’ll believe it when you see me doing that very thing I said I’d never do, emboldened in faith that God will see me through it.

To traverse the unchartered wilderness from saying to doing involves wounding. Because God is shaping me into someone who looks and behaves more like Him.

How has God allowed your heart to be wounded? 

Do you receive His correction or discipline as from the Lover of your soul?

*The Emotional Craft of Fiction, How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface, Donald Maass


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