Alan, although your post was written over 7 years ago, it caught my attention. A deeply loaded statement, worthy to unpack. If what you say is true, love is a spirit that commands attention, simply because it occupies a presence, a place unseen but felt with the soul of a man. An intelligent way to say we, in our human condition, cannot fully comprehend the depth to which it appears. We feel the effects of love when we choose to love. Fear should not be minimized as an unreal entity. Fear is a a natural response to a real or imagined threat. We are vulnerableto invite fear over for dinner or perhaps to move in when we experience uncertainty. The greatest anguish the mind can know is the not knowing. Reverse the fear by replacing it with a certainty can lead to the miracle our hearts desperatelyseek. Miracles by the definition are supernatural events and forces that arrive in times of tragedy or calamity that reverse undesired outcomes (to say it lightly). Miracles are attributed to God, In His divine wisdom, at the request from a believer or nonbeliever (hard to differentiate) but always at the core of great sorrow. Is fear more than love connected to sadness? We could consider the passion of the Christ. He took a hard core look at the world and suffered because of his great love for the world. He was so afraid of the outcome, he sweat blood. His life was full of suffering... friends sold him for a few bucks (30 pc of silver... not even top dollar in those days). Your post really made me stop and think.
Love is a choice, not an emotion. Only love can overcome fear. Fear is a magnet. It attracts what we despise, reject, or consider to be a threat to our lives (heart, body, mind and soul) or those we love. I agree with the author on the levels “We choose” because it is the human condition to seek power to overcome. We are resilient. When we face our fear with the power of love, we change our circumstances, we change our direction and trajectory as well as our perspective on how to deal with the most difficult situations life can present. Love is a spirit, that is most attributed to God, a super natural force in the universe, a creator, a deity, a whisper of hope in the most bleak circumstances. Fear is the product of a brilliant misconception that can manifest itself into the most destructive elements that can cause the soul to bleed. I choose love, but i am challenged by fear. Fear is necessary, it should not be tagged as either bad or evil. Fear is part of what preserves our existence, it reminds us of the potential dangers. Fear also serves a function. It wakes us up from apathy and being static. It also highlights great love that is given to us in mercy and grace. I have much more to say... i need time to take inventory of my own fears to contrast where to sow great love in the lives of those around me.