This came to me awhile ago and I haven’t really thought much about it. I was prompted not once but twice in this exact order:
On my way home today (24 Feb 2017) – I got the rest of this post. I couldn’t figure out why this order and what these mean.
In order to find the deeper meaning of “love” and find “christ-like” love, you have to start first and foremost with love. Just decide you’re going to love.
Then in Loving, you’ll find Compassion. You’ll find that you have this sadness I guess or this ache maybe in your heart and all you know is, you want to help somehow or someway.
Then in finding Compassion, you realize Selflessness which is acting on the Compassion that you feel. It’s not about you anymore or your feelings or your needs, etc. You’ve taken the “YOU” out and placed someone else in. You realize they are hurting or they are needing something, etc.
Then you find that you can Forgive. You can finally get past the hurts and hangups and Forgive. You can finally let go and press forward.
In Forgiving you find that you can Serve. With no question. With no desire for yourself or your needs. No desire for anything in return.
Then in doing Service, you find Christ-like love. You find this:
17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
When you loose your way, you begin simply, with Love. Then repeat as often as necessary.
With all this, I understand even more what Christ meant when he said: