Read Luke 19:41-44
41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. 42 “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes. 43 Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. 44 They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not accept your opportunity for salvation.” (NLT)
To choose to love is to choose to have your heart broken. Love is not at all a romantic playing safe. It is taking the risk of caring for someone and having that someone wound you or refusing that care. When we love we want the best for someone, and if that someone wilfully chooses what is bad for them we cannot be unmoved. Or if that loved one experiences suffering of any sort we can’t help but feel for them. The only way to avoid such pain is to avoid love. The only way we can avoid heartbreak is to so harden our hearts that they are impervious to such wounding.
We can be glad God didn’t choose to play safe. Such was his heart for us that he chose to break it in order to bring us home to himself. Jesus shows us this is so. Jesus was no unfeeling divine agency who uttered abstract truths and sailed far above the fluctuations of human life. He experienced it fully, including the inevitable heartache that comes from those you love choosing to spurn that love. In this case, it was the people of Jerusalem who turned their back on salvation and thus became ripe for destruction.
The way of love is the way of pleasure and delight but also the way of heartbreak. If we are to follow Jesus we will travel that way of love because we realise that the alternative is a hard-hearted insularity that is foreign to the heart of God. In other words, we choose a life of love and in so doing choose to have our hearts both warmed and wounded.