Your Twelve Spiritual Gifts: Love

Published January 28, 2015 by

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It is so much easier to love the generic ‘brother‘ or ‘neighbor’ than the person standing right in front of us.  Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts, hit the topic dead on with I love mankind … it’s people I can’t stand!!”   It  is so much easier to commiserate with and serve the poor from a distance than to become involved hands on.  Or to love the enemy in theory until he knocks at the door.

How do I love as Jesus loved?  I begin first by acknowledging that I can only love as He did from that moment when I behold the Christ in me.  How else can I ever hope to fulfill my own potential until I recognize that potential already present in me?

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.*

Jesus does not command us to love Him.  He says:  If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love.  This isn’t about personal or romantic love.  He calls us to divine love, which will transform our lives by changing the way in which we behold all of creation.  And the more that we open ourselves to divine love, the more that we will experience and express love in our lives.

If I am immersed in and dependent upon personal love and approval, I am far too  vulnerable to changing emotions, to the whims and fancies of others.  And that half full cup can turn to emptiness and loneliness with little or no warning. Not so with divine love, for it celebrates oneness.

We are indissolubly linked with everything in God’s creation, and the only place we  can ever be separate from it is in our own thinking-feeling nature.**

God did not create us to be needy, lonely creatures struggling through the dark, bereft of hope in the world and longing for the promise of heaven.  Love is here and now!  Life is here and now!  Hope is fulfilled here and now through the activity of divine love in the world!

Divine love casts out selfish, possessive and destructive egocentric behavior.  Love celebrates the abundance of God’s good in the world for everyone, everywhere.  Love does not desire the suffering of the enemy, but the awakening of divine love in those who hate us.

Divine love attracts only good, only abundance into the lives of those who follow her path.

The beautiful thing about developing the awareness of love as a magnetizing, attracting power is that you can deliberately start loving that which you want to experience in your life.***

Divine love gives birth to balance and harmony between the intellectual and the emotional nature, the thinking and feeling nature.  Love without wisdom becomes a wild card and all too likely to tumble into trouble.  Perfect love is the gift of God.

Divine love is the only sure path to peace of mind, body and spirit.

Rev. Claudia Naylor

John 15:9-12*

Your God-given Potential by Hausmann**

Your Twelve Gifts from God, by Warch***

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