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Lesson in Love

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:

  • Love

  • Compassion

  • Selflessness

  • Forgiveness

  • Service

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:

Mosiah 2:17:

 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:

Matthew 27: 36 – 40:

 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

 38 This is the first and great commandment.

 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 

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I’m not that interesting so I’ll start with what I know, one of my favorite quotes, my favorite verse and one of my favorite books, The Book of James. I’m a lot like James I think. A little rough around the edges and say things how they are. Simple and straight forward. My favorite verse, 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” My favorite quote, “You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then take a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show you the way before you.” Three things have been a reoccurrence in my life, three lesson’s I’m being taught over and over again: Faith, Hope & Love. This is what I know. God makes weak things strong. He's taken things I've been weak in or things I've needed to correct and he's helped me overcome them. He hasn’t taken the obstacle away, but he's given me strength to endure it and learn from it - to be tempered. For example, in order to create a strong sword what does the crafter do? He tempers it in fire. Over and over again until it becomes stronger and stronger. He has helped me realize that I am so much more than I could ever be. He sees me as something more than I would ever see myself. He knows me better than anyone and he knows what I can become if I just let him "craft" me into what I truly am and can be. This doesn't come over night at all but sometimes it's a long process, even longer for some. For me, I'm very stubborn. Very. It was like God asking me to jump off a cliff and just trust him. All the while I'm thinking, "yea right! Are you serious? Jump where I can't see and just trust?" - It hasn't been easy and I kept wondering, why does he still put up with me? Why does he still love and care about me? -- The answer was so simple. Because he loves me. Krystle. His daughter. Loves me as an individual person. Flaws imperfections, all of it. He loves me. As any loving parent would be with their children, no matter how many times they make mistakes. The parent is always there to pick them up and tell'em it is okay. Learn from it and try again. Because of love. - He gave his ONLY Son for Me. My testimony is this: I know God is real and I know he lives. I have seen his hand in my life many times. I know this is the true church of God and it is exactly where I need to be. From the time I first spoke with the missionaries, I felt something inside my heart that I’d never felt before. The deep, gaping wound was finally, finally closing and I could feel God filling it with love. I felt hope, for the first time in my life. There was hope. One of the hardest lessons was forgiving myself. I still have trouble letting go of some things. It took a long time for me to realize that, Christ died so I didn't have to keep beating myself up. It was his grace and mercy. All I have to do is love him and believe in him. Repent and be made whole. Just like the lady accused of adultery what did Christ tell her? "Woman, where art thou accusers"? Go and sin no more.” Once we repent, he remembers them no more. So why should we? Satan has always been the first one to accuse and point his finger. Why? Well, because he's a jerk.

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