Throughout my life I have heard this word chanted over and over again. But when Ive looked around in the world and some of the family structures within it I wonder if Love is truly understood and practiced. I find it amazing that so much of the world strives for it by many different means; financially, through power, leadership, family, children, church, etc, etc and yet for some it just cant be attained. For the few that truly understand from where it comes they have started to look inwards. All you have to do is go downtown to your nearest book store, and there youll find many books describing it, philosophically talking about it, and guiding the mass in the cultivation of it in their lives with one self proclaimed sure thing program or another. People are buying these books by the dozens, bringing them home and reading them from cover to cover. Many are calling the society of the last few years The self-help generation. People are starting to see and feel an urgent need to better themselves and counter act the worlds presentation of a bleak and disillusioned future for themselves as well as for the children of that future if nothing is done with the human heart. But, lets think about this for a moment. Are all these books really helping? Are they giving us the proper guidelines and instructions as to how to love and understand what that really means? The answer is yes but according to how the world understands to love and be loved. The problem with that is that each culture has a different understanding of the word Love and in the way of showing it, hence, the many writing of books. Therefore, is there a main source to where we can look to for such an answer as to What is love? Having questioned myself with the same thoughts over many years now I have looked into many areas for answers. This article is presented to you in the hopes that it will help you in your own journey to find the answers you seek about Love. This article doesnt have all the answers nor does it claim to have the answers you are looking for. But I can only present to you what I have been able to find throughout my research. I truly hope this will be of some help to you the reader.
Mans Present History
Throughout mans history we have tried to encompass the role and ideals of Love and structure it into a standard system in order to govern the human heart and our behaviour in society. One system that is still looked upon as a yardstick concerning romance and loving gestures, still now in the 21st cent, is the Chivalry System. Many of us tend to think of this system as it is written about in romance novels and in the movies but what really is the Chivalry System and what was its use? The chivalric system of ethical ideals originated chiefly in France and Spain, arose from feudalism and had its highest development in the 12th and 13th cent and spread rapidly to the rest of the Continent and to England. They represented a fusion of Christian and military concepts of morality and still form the basis of gentlemanly conduct. Noble youths became pages in the castles of other nobles at the age of 7; at 14 they trained as squires in the service of knights, learning horsemanship and military techniques, and were themselves knighted, usually at 21.
The chief chivalric virtues were piety, honor, valor, courtesy, chastity, and loyalty. The knight's loyalty was due to the spiritual master, God; to the temporal master, the suzerain; and to the mistress of the heart, his sworn love. Love, in the chivalrous sense, was largely platonic; as a rule, only a virgin or another man's wife could be the chosen object of chivalrous love. With the cult of the Virgin Mary, the relegation of noblewomen to a pedestal reached its highest expression.
The ideal of militant knighthood was greatly enhanced later on by the Crusades. The monastic orders of knighthood, the Knights Templars and the Knights Hospitalers, produced soldiers sworn to uphold the Christian ideal. Besides the battlefield, the tournament was the chief arena in which the virtues of chivalry could be proved. The code of chivalrous conduct was worked out with great subtlety in the courts of love that flourished in France and in Flanders. There the most arduous questions of love and honor were argued before the noble ladies who presided. The French military hero Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard, was said to be the last embodiment of the ideals of chivalry. In practice though, chivalric conduct was never free from corruption, increasingly evident in the later Middle Ages.
Courtly love often deteriorated into promiscuity and adultery and pious militance into barbarous warfare. Courtly love was the philosophy of love and code of lovemaking that flourished in the courts of love in France and England during the Middle Ages. Although its origins are somewhat obscure, it probably derived from the works of Ovid, various Middle Eastern ideas popular at the time, and the songs of the troubadours. According to the code, a man falls passionately in love with a married woman of equal or higher rank. Before his love can be declared, he must suffer long months of silence; before it can be consummated, he must prove his devotion by noble service and daring exploits. The lovers eventually pledge themselves to secrecy and to remain faithful despite all obstacles. In reality, courtly love was little more than a set of rules for committing adultery. It was more important as a literary invention, expressed in such works as Chretien de Troyes's Lancelot (12th cent.), Guillaume de Lorris's Roman de la Rose (13th cent.), and Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (14th cent.). In these works it was the subjective presentation of the lovers' passion for each other and their consideration for other people that transformed the code of courtly love into one of the most important literary influences in Western culture, the modern Chivalry ideals.
Moreover, the chivalric duties were not owed to those outside the bounds of feudal obligation. The outward trappings of chivalry and knighthood declined in the 15th cent, by which time wars were fought for victory and individual valor was irrelevant. Artificial orders of chivalry, such as the Order of the Golden Fleece (1423), were created by rulers to promote loyalty; tournaments became ritualized, costly, and comparatively bloodless; eventually the traditions of knighthood became obsolete. The endless chivalrous and pastoral romances, still widely read in the 16th cent, were satirized by Cervantes in Don Quixote. In the 19th cent, however, the Romantic Movement brought about a revival of chivalrous ideals and literature that still is wildly distributed today in Romance Novels and the Hollywood Screen.
What about further back in human history? What can we see of our evolutional understanding of Love? The Roman Empire is said to have produced or past many of its governmental structure, technological and social ideals down through history all the way into our day. Can the same be said for their ideals of love? Eros, in Greek religion and mythology was the god of love. He was the personification of love in all its manifestations, including physical passion at its strongest, tender, romantic love, and playful, sportive love. According to some legends he was one of the oldest of the gods, born from Chaos and personifying creative power and harmony. In most legends he was the son of Aphrodite and Ares and was represented as a winged youth armed with bow and arrows, to the Romans he was also known as Cupid, or Amor. In Greek poetry Eros was often a wilful and unsympathetic god, carelessly dispensing the frenzies and agonies of love. At Thespiae and at Athens he was worshiped as a god of fertility. In Hellenistic and Roman myth, he was represented as a naked, winged child, the son and companion of Venus.
Every February, across many countries now, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. As we know it today, St. Valentine's Day contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors.
To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. The boys then sliced the goat's hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goat hide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Some of these rituals are still seen today in our culture. The names in a urn for others to pick is still used in schools in order for children to know whom will get a Valentines card, and the giving of a gift is a big part of the holiday season. Later on in times of old, Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. The Roman 'lottery' system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed as well. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February -- Valentine's Day -- should be a day for romance. Along the way, the personification of love - Eros, a.k.a Roman Cupid God of fertility, influenced traditions were past down and intergraded into the holiday.
Now, lets go even further backwards through time to see how our understanding of love has changed throughout the centuries. The Papacy leadership governs the Roman Catholic Church. Papacy, the office of the pope, head of the Roman Catholic Church is pope by reason of being bishop of Rome and thus, according to Roman Catholic belief, successor in the see of Rome (the Holy See) to its first bishop, St. Peter. Peter is believed to be a Saint, date around 64 A.D., one of the most prominent of the Twelve Apostles in the Gospels, and traditionally is thought of as the first bishop of Rome. The pope therefore claims to be the shepherd of all Christians and representative (vicar or vicegerent) of Christ. The claim of Petrine supremacy and (by virtue of Peter's connection to Rome) Roman supremacy, is based on Matthew 16:18-19:
18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
19 I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
But it is good to know that Papal supremacy is not acknowledged outside the Roman Catholic Church.
So how do these bits of information tie in with our discussion? Weve been traveling backwards through time considering little tit-bits but vital and prominent information of human history concerning our understanding of Love, at least in the Western World and increasingly in the 21st century the Eastern World too, from our days societies, through some at one time dominating Eastern societies (France & Spain) influenced by the Roman societys ideologies, back through it to the first recorded writings of human history, the bible. Curiosity urges us to find out more of how have we faired further yet in the past when it comes to the subject of Love. Have we changed since the beginning of recorded time? Have we learned anything new since those days?
Mans Earliest History
The early history of mankind has many examples of how individual cultures have understood love and its function in human society. The one area that seems to be more familiar among all cultures that can give us a glimpse into how each of these cultures thinks of love is within their views and dealings of two people merging in the marital arrangement. The most common marital arrangement within all cultures is the Arranged Marriage. Lets look at this institution and the pros and cons of it.
Many of today's popular wedding ceremony and reception traditions can be traced to ancient customs. Many of these were based on symbolism, superstition, folklore, religion, and the early belief that evil spirits could bring disease and death to newlyweds and crops (the focal point of many farm-based early cultures). Although the exact origin and usefulness of many of these early wedding traditions are unclear, popular acceptance and the amusement of some traditions have allowed them to flourish. But there are tainted histories for some of these traditions we keep so dear to us today. As a small sample of these: according to various sources, some of the early marriages were literally carried out by the Groom (and his Brides men or Brides knights) who would kidnap a woman (the origin of "carrying a Bride over the threshold") from another tribe! The Groom and his fellow conspirators would then fight off the female's family of tribesmen with swords held in their right hand while the Groom would hold the captured Bride in his left hand (the origin of why a "Bride stands on the left side of the Groom" at a wedding). After a successful capture, another politically correct practice was for the Groom to hide his new Bride for one month for mating purposes. It is said that the word "honeymoon" was created to describe this one-month cycle of the moon when they would drink mead (a honey sweetened alcoholic brew that effects both sobriety and the acidity of the womb thus increasing fertility). In view of this information, such traditions and customs somehow lose their glory or amusement, although, there are some good traditions with pleasant histories too. Take for instance some Jewish wedding traditions.
It is a Jewish tradition for a Bride to present her Groom with a Tallinn to wear for his Aufruf (reading of the Torah prior to their ceremony). The Groom's family often gives candlesticks to the Bride that can be used during the actual wedding ceremony. It is also a custom for Jewish men to cover their heads at all times (especially during prayers) with a Kippot (yarmulkes) as a form of reverence, respect, and acknowledgement that God is present everywhere. In some congregations, women also cover their heads to pray.
Some Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform wedding ceremonies take place under a Hupah (wedding canopy). The Hupah is a rectangular piece of cloth large enough for the Bride, Groom, Rabbi, and sometimes-other members of the wedding party. The Hupah signifies the new home about to be shared by the newlyweds. Before the procession to the Hupah, the Tania are signed, and the Groom is asked if he is ready to take on the responsibilities outlined in the Ketubah. He signifies his willingness by accepting a handkerchief or other object offered to him by the Rabbi. The two witnesses to this sign the Ketubah. While the actual text of the Ketubah is never meant to vary, the border decorations on this document have over the centuries been the subject of remarkable artistic creations. At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, the Bride might observe the Biblical custom of circling the Groom seven times. This practice is seen as a powerful act of definition where the Bride will symbolically create the space that they will share as husband and wife. In Judaism, the number seven is mystical and represents completion and fulfillment. Just as the creation of the world was finished in seven days, the seven circles complete the couple's search for each other.
The bedizen, or veiling, is a small ceremony in which the Groom lowers the veil over the Bride's face, and by this act acknowledges that he is marrying the correct woman. This custom originated in the story of Jacob who didn't see the face of his Bride prior to his wedding and was tricked into marrying Leah instead of his intended, Rachel.
The Jewish marriage ceremony consists of two parts: Erusin (pre-engagement) and Nissuin (marriage). These ceremonies were historically performed up to one-year apart, but more recently the two have been combined into one ceremony. The Eursin ceremony begins with Kiddush, the blessing over the wine. Kiddush is part of virtually all-Jewish observances as a prayer of sanctification. The exchange of rings completes the Erusin ceremony.
In Jewish law, a verbal declaration of marriage is not legally binding unless an act of Kinyan, a formal physical acquisition is completed. This is reached when two witnesses see the Bride accept a ring from the Groom and he recites the words of marriage. After the ketubah has been read at the ceremony, wine is often poured into a new glass and the Sheva Berakhot (Seven Benedictions) are recited over it. The Bride and Groom then drink from the glass of wine. With the ceremony complete, tradition calls for the Groom to break the wrapped glass by stomping on it. This final action symbolizes the destruction of the Holy Temple in Israel, and reminds guests that love is fragile. The audience may shout Mazel Tov and the Bride and Groom kiss. Immediately after the wedding ceremony, the couple may spend a few private moments together or Yichud as a symbolic consummation of their marriage. Later, the Mitzvah, or obligation, of rejoicing at a wedding reception is incumbent on the Bride, Groom, and guests.
In the western world people usually choose their own marriage partner but this is not the way for all cultures living in western society. Arranged marriages, as was probably the illustration given above, still happens even in todays age. For example, also many Indian families who have settled outside India still uphold this tradition when in other countries. But arranged marriages be like most other things humans have done or still do has another side, every coin has two sides. In a great number of arranged marriages the most important aspect is the bond between the two families, rather than the relationship between the couple being married. Its believed that the emotion of love will flourish during the marriage through life experiences and the longer the couple is together. Property or land with the aim of securing social status or everyday survival sometimes secures marriage agreements just as it was also done centuries before and prior. Supporters of the custom say that divorce rates are lower than among western society because parents are better able to choose a suitable partner for their children. Although true at times the counter argument suggests that the pressure of the cultural society as a whole and from the two families concerned keep the marriage together whether it is successful or not. Divorce therefore is not an option for the couple even if there are major problems in the marriage such as abuse and unfaithfulness by one party or the other, which unfortunately is common.
Throughout human history arranged marriages, then and sometimes now in todays age, young men and women still have little to say regarding their own future happiness in many cultures. Whether peasants or nobility, they are assigned the role of pawns in an endless stream of negotiations and machinations that carries on in pre-nuptial intrigues. At times girls are brought up to marry, ending up either being the victims of arranged marriages, or the vital agents in the advancement of their husbands. Boys are pushed into the responsibilities of marriage and family headship unprepared and frustrated only to end up angry and going through depression. Only those with wealthy parents can afford to enter a nunnery, which is the only alternative to matrimony. Unfortunately these things are still going on today in many cultures.
Although some arranged marriages are not the love fairytale of books, many more have been known to work very well, especially if both mates have a strong held conviction to their cultural values and traditions. Besides parent usually do know their children very well and in most cultures children do respect their parents help a great deal in finding a suitable mate. Respect is measured both ways, parents towards grown children grown children towards parents. At times even entire families are involved with such decisions. Such as was the case with the bible characters Isaac and Rebekah.
In the bible the effect of good example, good teaching, and the worship of God in a family, will generally appear in the piety, faithfulness, prudence, and affection of the servants. To live in such families, or to have such servants, both were blessings from God, which were highly valued, and thankfully acknowledged. But no concern in life is of greater importance to us, to others, or to God, than marriage. It therefore ought always to be undertaken with much care and prudence. Parents, in disposing of their children, should carefully consult their welfare, and their furtherance in life. Observe the charge Abraham gave to a good servant, one whose conduct, faithfulness, and affection, to him and his family, he had long known. Observe also, that Abraham remembers that God had wonderfully brought him out of the land of his birth, by the call of his grace. So Abraham got his servant, Eliezer, to go back to his homeland, he traveled to Nahor, to find Isaac a wife.
Abraham's servant devoutly acknowledged God. He proposes a sign, not that he intended to proceed no further, if not gratified in it; but it is a prayer that God would provide a good wife for his young master; and that was a good prayer. She should be simple, industrious, humble, cheerful, serviceable, and hospitable. Whatever may be the fashion, common sense, as well as piety, tells us, these are the proper qualifications for a wife and mother; for one who is to be a companion to her husband, the manager of domestic concerns, and trusted to form the minds of children. When the steward came to seek a wife for his master, he did not go to places of amusement and sinful pleasure, and pray that he might meet one there, but to the well of water, expecting to find one there employed aright. He prayed that God would please to make his way in this matter plain and clear before him. He prayed to God that when a girl came out to fetch water and he asked her for a drink, she would offer his camels water if she was God's chosen one. God owned him by making his way clear. A girl named Rebekah came to collect water from the well. Rebekah, in all respects, answered the characters he sought for in the woman that was to be his master's wife. When she came to the well, she went down and filled her pitcher, and came up to go home with it. She did not stand to gaze upon the strange man and his camels, but minded her business, and would not have been diverted from it but by an opportunity of doing good. She did not curiously or confidently enters into discourse with him, but answered him modestly. Then she offered to draw water for his camels. Being satisfied that the Lord had heard his prayer; he gave the damsel some ornaments worn in eastern countries; asking at the same time respecting her kindred. On learning that she was of his master's relations, Abraham's grandniece, he bowed down his head and worshipped, blessing God. His words were addressed to the Lord, but being spoken in the hearing of Rebekah, she could perceive who he was, and whence he came.
The making up of the marriage between Isaac and Rebekah is told very particularly. Laban went to ask Abraham's servant in, but not till he saw the earring, and bracelet upon his sister's hands. The servant was intent upon his business. Though he was come off a journey, and come to a good house, he would not eat till he had told his errand. He tells them the charge his master had given him, with the reason of it. He relates what had happened at the well, to further the proposal, plainly showing the finger of God in it. This hinders not, but rather encourages the use of all proper means. Abraham's servant thankfully acknowledges the good success he had met with.
Abraham's servant, as one that chose his work before his pleasure, was for hastening home. As children ought not to marry without their parents' consent, so parents ought not to marry them without their own. Rebekah consented, not only to go, but also to go at once. The goodness of Rebekah's character shows there was nothing wrong in her answer, though it is not agreeable to modern customs among us. We may hope that she had such an idea of the religion and godliness in the family she was to go to, as made her willing to forget her own people and her father's house. Her friends dismiss her with suitable attendants, and blessed Rebekah. Isaac was well employed when he met Rebekah. He went out to take the advantage of a silent evening, and a solitary place, for meditation and prayer; those divine exercises by which we converse with God and our own hearts. Observe what an affectionate son Isaac was: it was about three years since his mother died, and yet he was not, till now, comforted. See also what an affectionate husband he was to his wife. Dutiful sons promise fair to be affectionate husbands; he that fills up his first station in life with honour, is likely to do the same in those that follow. Rebekah saw him and asked Eliezer who he was. On finding out this was Isaac; she covered her face, as was the custom, with a veil so he wouldn't see her face before they were married. In seeing her he rejoiced and shortly there after they went to Isaac's mother's tent and were married there.
When a person steps back to see the history of mankind and his understanding of Love, we see that not much has changed throughout the millenniums. Perhaps the affairs of certain families and individuals have gone from good to bad to worst but in general the understanding is the same. Love is looked upon as something to be taken serious, good and to be rejoiced over. It is something understood between two people, almost a contract-like expectancy and understanding to work together for a good and productive future extending the family, its culture, ideals and faiths. The same form of understanding love and affection is also extended to ones friends and associates in other parts of life too. So if we as the human race understand the emotion of love to be this way, why is it that we see so much unhappiness in the world we live in today? Why do we see so many people unhappy with one another? Why do we see the lack of Love and the increase in violence and hatred in the world? Have we forgotten about love? Do we need to stop, look around and take the time to think about what we might be missing in our lives? Theres a saying that expresses We can not control the world, but you can control yourself. The same inspiration can be used in this way You can not change all the world, but you can change you. Lets revisit our understanding of love and the way it was meant to be understood, and what better way to reacquaint ourselves with it than to examine the original source of Love?
Jehovah God is Love
He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)
What can a person get from this scripture? A person could probably write a book just on this scripture alone, let alone all the rest of such scriptures that talk of Gods love for his human creation. Perhaps of all the most asked questions humankind has asked about God, this one question, seems to be the pertinent question as a whole or individually.
If God is all loving, why does he let all this badness go on?
Many have tried to answer this question and it never seems to be answered to the satisfaction of the majority. Answers have gone from: Because he needs to show us that we cant rule ourselves without him to the all famous The Lord works in mysterious ways! This writer will not try to answer this question except perhaps indirectly by showing what God has done to show us he has and still does think of us humans. But first, lets all notice something here of the above quoted scripture, it says: He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love. Those little words change everything, because its not God that needs to love, its the referred person He. We must learn to love from him; we are the ones whom are the pupils and in order to learn from the teacher we must search where we can find answers, his personal textbook the bible.
Since the beginning of time God has lovingly expressed his feelings towards all of his creation in a very subtle way, almost unbeknownst to all unless one takes the time to look at it and is graciously let known about it by him who put it there, our grand teacher Jehovah God. It is understood by most theologists that God Almighty does not, and never has needed us for him to be complete. I am the Al'pha and the O·me'ga, says Jehovah God, the One who is and who was and who is coming, The Almighty. But he had a desire to be even more than complete simply for himself, so he became a creator
but why? If one looks at what he has done with his creation one can begin to understand.
Jehovah God has shown and shared the very essence of himself in his creation. Take as examples several of the following scriptures. Let them guide you from start to finish. What do you see?
- Proverbs 8:22-24 revealing Gods making of Michael, it says: Jehovah himself produced me as the beginning of his way, the earliest of his achievements of long ago. From time indefinite I was installed, from the start, from times earlier than the earth. When there were no watery deeps I was brought forth as with labor pains, when there were no springs heavily charged with water.
- Colossians 1:15-17 speaking of Jesus saying: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all [other] things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All [other] things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all [other] things and by means of him all [other] things were made to exist
- Genesis 1:26-28 describing mans creation saying: , and let them have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and the domestic animals and all the earth and every moving animal that is moving upon the earth. And God proceeded to create the man in his image, in Gods image he created him; male and female he created them. Further, God blessed them and God said to them: Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving upon the earth.
- Genesis 2:22-23 talking of the gift of the woman to man states: And Jehovah God proceeded to build the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman and to bring her to the man. Then the man said: This is at last bone of my bones. And flesh of my flesh. This one will be called Woman, because from man this one was taken.
- Genesis 4:1 speaks of the first man-child ever born saying: Now Adam had intercourse with Eve his wife and she became pregnant. In time she gave birth to Cain and said: I have produced a man with the aid of Jehovah.
- Job 38:4, 7 explain what Angelic Sons though of Gods creation when Jehovah was questioning Job: (4) Where did you happen to be when I founded the earth?
Tell [me], if you do know understanding. (7) When the morning stars joyfully cried out together, and all the sons of God began shouting in applause?
- Genesis 6:1-4 talking about Gods Angelic Sons says: Now it came about that when men started to grow in numbers on the surface of the ground and daughters were born to them, then the sons of the [true] God began to notice the daughters of men, that they were good-looking; and they went taking wives for themselves, namely, all whom they chose. After that Jehovah said: My spirit shall not act toward man indefinitely in that he is also flesh. Accordingly his days shall amount to a hundred and twenty years. The Neph'i·lim proved to be in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of the [true] God continued to have relations with the daughters of men and they bore sons to them, they were the mighty ones who were of old, the men of fame.
What can we see in the progression of these scriptures? Jehovah God at one time decided to become a creator for the sole reason that God wanted to fully share him to another. All that he knew, all that he could give, all that he could do for another he wanted to do, but in the proceeding scriptures we can see what and how that ultimately affected and changed him forever. For those of you whom have had children think back to your childs birth and for those who havent think at what that might feel like. The sure joy and euphoria of what just happen at the time of birth is unlike any other in the entire universe. Looking down at this small person that is utterly and totally dependable on you for guidance, instruction and its very life is something indescribable. You would do anything for this soul. This is what Jehovah felt; this is what he feels for all of his individual creation because it all comes from him personally. It is his power and Holy Spirit that has created all things through that first creation, and they together made all the rest that we can see and that we cannot see. Michael his only begotten son was given the joy and power to create with his father. The father started right away to show his love by giving his son the opportunity to know and feel the euphoria that he felt as the creator of him through letting himself create as his fathers master worker. What a loving gesture.
Now lets step forwards a bit. It seems that the others that where created in the heavens where not given the chance to create quite the same way because later on in time some rebelled and took Earthling wives for themselves, possibly in order to feel the sense of creation as did the father with Michael to which we see in further scriptures. The scriptures tell us that on realizing what Jehovah God had done in finishing all of his work at the end of the sixth day the morning stars joyfully cried out together, and all the sons of God began shouting in applause. It sounds like they where impressed about something specific, perhaps of what Jehovah God had done for us mere humans, dust that came from the ground. Apparently some seemed to want something that we, lower than they where, humans had that they didnt. They wanted it badly enough that they forsook their proper place in the heavens to get it. What could have been so desirable for more powerful beings than us, that was in the very presence of God himself, to forsake everything?
And God went on to say: Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness
These words hopefully will resonate forever in our minds because the most prized possession that was given to humankind comes from these words. We know that God was talking to Michael at the time because he explains the creation process of making man. Only God and his master worker, Michael, have had that power since the beginning. But how are we really made in their image? We think and reason as they do true but something much more has been given to us; the act of procreation is the most loving right that could have been bestowed upon us by our heavenly father. We have been given the gift to feel and do what he has been able to do since the beginning of his creatorship; create life that we can mold and bring up to be loving procreators themselves just like he has done with his very own son Michael. We have been given the gift of bringing forth a living being into this universe to impart not only our own legacy but that of our heavenly father. What an awesome and grand loving father we have to give us mere dust, lower than the angelic sons, human creatures. Perhaps
we are closer to being like God than Adam and Eve had ever thought possible. Something they may have realized to late of a time immediately after their first-born son Cain.
Although an awesome realization to meditate on, we need to still further our understanding of what love truly is and how Jehovah God has shown us love, especially through his son Michael. At one time Jehovah made another decision that ultimately changed the course of Michaels legacy as well, to which he readily accepted.
Jesus Love for us and his Father
When the topic of Christ Jesus comes to mind the majority will think of his sacrificial death and the promise of being saved through the faith of that ransom. While this is an important factor of Christs legacy we will look at this loving gesture from a different angle. The bible tells us bits of information about Christs life before his sacrificial ransom, which are very important to the angle we will look at. Lets continue with the thought we had with Gods love towards all of his creation. Remember that Michael, a.k.a. Christ Jesus, was Gods master worker creating, along side his father, everything in the known and unknown universe. As we proposed earlier Jehovah God shared with his son the same joyous experience of the creation process, just as he has with his human creation though with the pro-creation system. This would mean that all of the feelings of closeness, love and devotion that the creator would have with the work of his hands, Michael would also have as all things after himself was created through him as Gods master work. As many artists will tell you about their art, it is something special and almost child-like to them, they will do just about anything to protect it. Christ Jesus as Michael had the chance to live and experience such a thing with us when he co-created us. The scriptures at Proverbs 8:29-31 speaking of Christs heavenly existence and activities says when he set for the sea his (Jehovahs) decree that the waters themselves should not pass beyond his order, when he decreed the foundations of the earth, then I came to be beside him as a master worker, and I came to be the one he was specially fond of day by day, I being glad before him all the time, being glad at the productive land of his earth, and the things I was fond of were with the sons of men. Michael was fond of humans because he had a hand in the creation process of us with his father and also that we where made in their image. He loves us so much that it is told to us at Hebrews 2:9 but we behold Jesus, who has been made a little lower than angels, crowned with glory and honor for having suffered death; he without a second thought became lower than angles, leaving his high place (or position) in the heavens, out of love for his fathers will and us because he wanted to, well knowing what he would have to go through, suffered death in order to save all of us or at least give us the chance, if we excepted it, to be saved through his ransom death. Ask any human parent if they would suffer pain or even death for their child and you would get an unquestionable yes every time; what Michael as Jesus on earth has shown is that exact same level of love.
Lets dig a little deeper about his love. Michael while on earth became the son of man known as Jesus. As a human he learned to love his heavenly father through the scriptures. He took the time to understand the true meaning behind the Law that was given by God through Moses. While others where concerned about the technicalities of the law, as was the religious leaders at that time, Jesus became concerned with the meaning behind the law. So much so that even the religious leaders were amazed at his questioning and reasoning of the law even yet just a 12 year old boy. (Luke 2:46-47) Later on during his ministry he revealed his true understanding and comprehension with many of his illustrations. Take for instance the following few illustrations excerpts.
Luke 10:33-34: But a certain Sa·mar'i·tan traveling the road came upon him and, at seeing him, he was moved with pity. So he approached him and bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine upon them.
Jesus understood the primary will of our heavenly father and tried to show this through this one point. Although cultural enemies, the man did the will of the father by showing mercy and compassion for his fellow man. The greater love of human life prevailed over, when compared to life, petty differences. Nothing is more precious to God than life, and we by showing the same heart condition show that we are in union with him just as was Jesus Christ.
- His physician answer to the Pharisees:
Matthew 9:10-13: Later, while he was reclining at the table in the house, look! Many tax collectors and sinners came and began reclining with Jesus and his disciples. But on seeing this the Pharisees began to say to his disciples: Why is it that your teacher eats with tax collectors and sinners? Hearing [them], he said: Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do. Go, then, and learn what this means, I want mercy, and not sacrifice. For I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.
Jesus understood that the law was there to protect the afflicted and the week as much, if not more so, than it was there to keep the people in line for righteousness and acceptance by God through sacrifices. Those who were stumbled away from Gods love and protection by affliction where the ones who had needed the help from which the religious leaders were neglecting. The one place to where Gods entreatment would have done well, the one place to where Gods mercy, undeserved-kindness and glory could have been made manifested, the leaders hearts could not be bothered to work on and in fact they looked down upon.
- Learning through Christ Jesus:
Matthew 18:1-4: In that hour the disciples came near to Jesus and said: Who really is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens? So, calling a young child to him, he set it in their midst and said: Truly I say to you, Unless you turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens. Therefore, whoever will humble himself like this young child is the one that is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens;
Mark 10:13-16: Now people began bringing him young children for him to touch these; but the disciples reprimanded them. At seeing this Jesus was indignant and said to them: Let the young children come to me; do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to suchlike ones. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a young child will by no means enter into it. And he took the children into his arms and began blessing them, laying his hands upon them.
Remember our thought from the beginning of the Understanding Love heading? Upon creating Michael Jehovah God began teaching and guiding his son. Michael began to co-create with his father and reason dictates that together they would have taught others of love, especially their love. Later on in time he comes to earth as a man where he reasons with all his disciples to become child-like, humble and pure of heart, eager and open to learning ourselves from the father. Apparently nothing has changed since the beginning of time, father teaches the son and the cycle is past down, the son, also our eternal father now teaches us, his children. An interesting side note would be for you to notice the next time you read about certain events concerning Jesus and his disciples, how many times Jesus calls them Children and/or Little Children. Just as it was with Jehovah God passing down knowledge, wisdom and all that encompasses love down to Michael, we as humans in their image are to receive the same also and pass down the same to our children. Opening ourselves to this learning from our heavenly father just as was the case with Jesus as Michael, we as their pupils will learn the truth about love and all other things as it was meant to really be.
When we look back on Jesus ministry it becomes apparent that its main purpose was to show the importance of the fathers love and his too as King of the Kingdom that is to take hold of all things in the future. His words taught us this and his action solidified his right and commitment to that position. Therefore, perhaps all of this can help us understand differently the words of praise at Matthew 11:25-30 when he said: I publicly praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intellectual ones and have revealed them to babes. Yes, O Father, because to do thus came to be the way approved by you. All things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one fully knows the Son but the Father, neither does anyone fully know the Father but the Son and anyone to whom the Son is willing to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls. For my yoke is kindly and my load is light. Love is a kind and unburdens some load to hold firm in our way of life from our Heavenly Father through our King and lord Christ Jesus. The length of mental, physical and emotional frustration and pain they both, Jehovah and Jesus Christ, have gone through to show us these things, it would be inconsiderate for us all not to look into what love really is according to those from whom it comes from.
How does God describe love
The bible tells us that men where inspired by God to write the books that make up the bible. (2 Tim.3: 16,17; 2 Peter 1: 21) The Apostle Paul wrote two letters to the Corinthian congregation of that time that many believe to be part of the Holy Scriptures and inspired. During his first letter he describes the love that is inspired of God. In doing so he touched on different aspects of our understanding of love where he also encourages us to think of what really is important as compared to what we think is important, which makes us true followers of Jesus Christ as Christians. Lets take a closer look at these inspired words.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3:
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but do not have love, I have become a sounding [piece of] brass or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophesying and am acquainted with all the sacred secrets and all knowledge, and if I have all the faith so as to transplant mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my belongings to feed others, and if I hand over my body, that I may boast, but do not have love, I am not profited at all.
Here Paul explains in simple terms what Jesus was inspired to show throughout his ministry; that love in its purest state, true love of God and man, is not based from our actions and obligations but mercy, understanding and of Gods importance placed on life. Paul here begins his explanation by opening our hearts to what it really means to have love by pointing the finger to him as an example. Without the vital knowledge and practice of true love, the most glorious gifts are of no use to us and of no esteem in the eyes of God because its beginnings are of selfish origins. All the deep understanding that one can attain is also of no value without a compassionate and bountiful heart towards others. Even good deeds towards others will do nothing for us, if it is not establish from the love we have for God and what is right. If we give away all of what we have or even suffer the most painful sufferings, but yet withhold our heart from God and all that he stands for, it will all be done in vain. Nothing we do will do us any good if its not done on the bases of true love. Those deluded that look for acceptance and reward for their good works, are as scanty and defective as they are corrupt and selfish! Because as Paul himself told us, he may have done all sorts of works but if he didnt have the love he said:I am nothing. So what is Divine Love and its characteristics?
- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7:
Love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
The love Paul describes above is a clear proof of our restoration to God, and is a criterion of our professed faith in Christ. In this beautiful description of the nature and effects of love, Pauls inspired words tells us that our conduct can, in many respects, be in contrast to it. Our love should be the utter enemy to our own selfishness; it should not desire or seek its own praise, or honour, or profit, or pleasure. Not that our love of God and fellow man should destroy the love for our own regards, or that the loving man should neglect himself and all of his interests for the sake of true or divine love, for if we are to love outwardly we must first learn to do so inward. Just as self-love would not be injurious, true love never seeks its own to the hurt or to the neglect of others. It always prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. Jesus himself proclaimed the Golden Rule: All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must likewise do to them; this, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean. (Matthew 7:12) As followers of Christ, all professed Christians are under obligation to own and advocate to the world this divine principal and give due regard to the author and instigator of such a principle, God Almighty. Have we allowed and encouraged this principle to flourish and guided us? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objectives and aims? Perhaps for some this is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 8-13:
Love never fails. But whether there are [gifts of] prophesying, they will be done away with; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we have partial knowledge and we prophesy partially; but when that which is complete arrives, that which is partial will be done away with. When I was a babe, I used to speak as a babe, to think as a babe, to reason as a babe; but now that I have become a man, I have done away with the [traits] of a babe. For at present we see in hazy outline by means of a metal mirror, but then it will be face to face. At present I know partially, but then I shall know accurately even as I am accurately known. Now, however, there remain faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Here Paul explains that our present understanding is like a state of childhood, and the future understanding that of manhood on most things that have to do with God and his will. A good comparison is what narrow views and confused notions of things have children when compared with grown men! The same could be said of us when it comes to higher more mature spiritual things, in the understanding of Gods mind and actions past and future. Paul tells us that our understandings are not complete, dark, confused and most likely speculative at best right now, compared with what they will be thereafter the great day of Jehovah when our knowledge will be freed from all obscurity and error and where everything will be fully visible. Then and only then, will the light that comes from God through his King, Christ Jesus remove the clouds that hide the truths of God from us in those days. Until then we are truly and completely only left with the one faith, the one hope and love; Paul says: but the greatest of these is love.
In Jesus illustration of the good Sa·mar'i·tan notice what the man did. He saw the Jewish man lying on the ground hurt and stripped of his dignity. He felt pity for him and the mans mercy came into play; his love for his fellow man and the respect he had for life and the one who gave it, made him act although there laid a man, his enemy, that possibly would not do the same for him if the situation was reversed. He took the injured man to where he could be helped but not before he himself bandaged him up. When they got there he paid out two de·nar'i·i of his own hard earned money, perhaps taking vital money from his own familys care, for the man to stay at the Inn. We see this man do many good and fine works but here is where the divine love comes into play. Notice what the Sa·mar'i·tan did next. He left without asking for reimbursement of finances from the Jewish man, didnt ask for or expect praises or glory, he just didnt expect anything back for his good deeds, from the man nor from God. He just wanted to do the right thing because of his love for righteousness. In fact he planed to come back at a later time, perhaps with the Jewish man already gone by then, to square off with the innkeeper for the extra that the Jewish man would have cost the innkeeper to take care of him.
This is what Divine Love is; Love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13: 4-7)
John, the beloved apostle of Jesus Christ, had a strong love for righteousness as well. This helped give him a keen insight into the mind of Jesus. We are therefore not surprised that the theme of love dominates his writings. He was no sentimentalist, however, for Jesus referred to him as one of the Sons of Thunder [Boanerges]. (Mark 3:17) Perhaps it would be a good next step for us to visit with Johns inspired words.
- 1 John 4:4-10:
You originate with God, little children, and you have conquered those [persons], because he that is in union with you is greater than he that is in union with the world. They originate with the world; that is why they speak [what proceeds] from the world and the world listens to them. We originate with God. He that gains the knowledge of God listens to us; he that does not originate with God does not listen to us. This is how we take note of the inspired expression of truth and the inspired expression of error. Beloved ones, let us continue loving one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God and gains the knowledge of God. He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love. By this the love of God was made manifest in our case, because God sent forth his only-begotten Son into the world that we might gain life through him. The love is in this respect, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent forth his Son as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins.
Christians who are well acquainted with the Scriptures may, in humble faith on divine teaching, discern those who set forth doctrines according to the apostles, and those who contradict and/or twist them. The sum of most Christian denominations is in the doctrine concerning Christ and his person and office and as much as this is something very central to the Christian faith, this emphasized topic of the divine love is yet placed on an almost even if not in some instances higher ground. Here John speaks of false teachers in the world teaching according to their truths and tastes, so as not to offend carnal men. The world approves of them; they make rapid progress and have many followers like-minded; the world loves them for they will love its own, and they in turn will prosper in the world for they return such love. Real truths that lead men from the world to God, which is rooted from divine love, is a mark of the spirit of truth, in opposition to the spirit of error, which is rooted from selfishness. The more pure and holy any doctrine is, the more likely it is to originate from God and those who are of like-mind will likewise stick together also. The fundamental nature of God is the Spirit of love, therefore, he that does not love the image of God, the perfect representation of him in his people, has no saving knowledge of God for we are to be like God, made in his image.
Therefore, lets take note that the law of God is love; the gospel shows us the means for the forgiveness of sin and the salvation of sinners, always with God's glory and justice; this in its self reveals to us that God is divine love. God has shown himself to be love although strict righteousness would condemn us to death, for our forefather broking our Creator's law, astonishing mercy and love of a holy God towards sinners has moved him to produce a provision of recovery at great cost not only to himself but to that one that was sent. Is it possible that love exist between righteousness and wickedness? Mercy exults triumphantly over judgment James was inspired to say. (James 2:13) Really, God Almighty has shown himself perfect in divine love not that we loved him and therefore he loved us, but that, first through mercy, he freely turned his undeserved love towards us.
- 1 John 4:11-16a:
Beloved ones, if this is how God loved us, then we are ourselves under obligation to love one another. At no time has anyone beheld God. If we continue loving one another, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us. By this we gain the knowledge that we are remaining in union with him and he in union with us, because he has imparted his spirit to us. In addition, we ourselves have beheld and are bearing witness that the Father has sent forth his Son as Savior of the world. Whoever makes the confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God remains in union with such one and he in union with God. And we ourselves have come to know and have believed the love that God has in our case.
The God and creator of all things hasnt neglected us in his love; its nature, his nature, would not allow him to be fruitless upon us, and when its proper end and issues are gained and shaped it, Divine Love, will be perfected through our love, the full circle will be complete. Therefore, in view of the knowledge of his works towards us, we as followers of this first perfect representative and Sons, we are under obligation to follow in their footsteps if we are to truly be made in their image. Our faith in this Divine Love is perfected in us by our cultivation of it. Consequently it will become visible that God dwells in us and is in union with us by this new-creating Spirit. A Divinely Loving Christian is a perfect Christian, set him to any good duty, and he is perfect to it, he is expert at it. (2 Timothy 3: 16,17) Love oils the wheels of his affections, and sets him on the path, which is helpful to all in everything he does. Its by the faith that this love Christ gave evidence of in his ministry here on earth that we believe the Father sent him and was his Son. The apostles attests to this and whosoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God also, God remains in him, and they all three, the disciple, Christ and God Almighty will stay individually united. This confession must begin with faith of heart as the foundation; this faith makes acknowledgment with the mouth as to the divine love of God and Christ, through works in ones life and conduct against the flatteries and frowns of the world to stay on course. Happy are those who have come to know the truth of God and Christ through their love; knowing they are also their Friends and Advocates.
- 1 John 4:16b-19:
God is love, and he that remains in love remains in union with God and God remains in union with him. This is how love has been made perfect with us, that we may have freeness of speech in the day of judgment, because, just as that one is, so are we ourselves in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint. Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love. As for us, we love, because he first loved us.
True love towards God and his will assures believers of God's love towards them. Love teaches us to suffer for him and along side his son Christ Jesus; therefore, when judgement comes we may trust that we shall also share in the shadows of their glory as being declared righteous, a good a faithful slave. (2 Timothy 2:8-13; Matthew 7:21-23; <Compare> Matthew 25:31-46) We must distinguish between the fear of God and being afraid of him; the fear of God imports high regard and veneration for him. Obedience and good works are done from the principle of love, not like the servile toil of one who unwillingly labours from dread of a master's anger. Labours are like that of a dutiful child, who does services to a beloved father, which benefit all, and are done willingly. Hence why Christ could say about our duties towards the Father through him: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and you will find refreshment for your souls. (Matthew 11:29) It is a sign that our love is far from perfect, when our doubts, fears, and apprehensions of Gods Divine Love, are many. Let heaven and earth stand amazed at his love, for, he sent his word to invite sinners to partake of his great salvation. The call is for all to take the comfort of the happy change created in them by such divinity, lets throwaway fear while giving him the glory in the way we live and conduct ourselves. The love of God through Christ, in the hearts of all Christians is the great proof of conversion to this truth. Truly those whom are fearful of this world and are shut down in their obligations to God havent come to know Gods Divine Love because his love compels us towards righteousness and the freeness of it, Gods rest. As for those who dont fear, Divinely Love because he loved us first.
- 1 John 4:20, 21:
If anyone makes the statement: I love God, and yet is hating his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot be loving God, whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him, that the one who loves God should be loving his brother also.
If a man professes to love God, and yet indulges anger or revenge, or shows a selfish disposition towards his fellow man, he lies not only to himself but also to his faith. But if it is plain that our natural enmity is changed into affection as into understanding, compassion, mercy and respect, we bless the name of our God Jehovah for this seal and earnest of heart. Then we differ from the false Christians, who pretend to love God, whom they have not seen, yet hate their brethren, whom they have seen and are able to sharpen their faith, who are able to entreat the divine love in them. Christ commanded us to such understanding of our obligation to love one another as brothers and our fellow man, even our enemies. (Matthew 5:43-48; 22:37; John 13:34,35)
"There are two kinds of love. Our love and God's love, but God makes both kinds of them." Jenny - age 4
In our search for answers weve walked down historys pathway and have seen the different between Gods interpretation of Love and ours. As much as the new modern Chivalric system is good for romantic fantasy, as in Romance Novels, we must keep in mind that its origins, its base was formed from corruption, deceitfulness, adultery and ridiculed the sanctity of the marriage bed. Although this system was corrupted, its easy to see why such things could come to be when cultures would and still do entrap youngsters in the marital arrangement prematurely or even worst unwillingly. Also the Material and financial gains available through marriage has never been and never will be a good foundation for such a thing and it as well defiles such an arrangement. This divine arrangement is to be taken seriously and as explained before, with the understanding, by both parties, that it is something between two people, a contract-like expectancy and understanding to work together for a good and productive future extending the family, its culture, ideals and faiths. This institution was put in place, for those whom would put their faith in the bible, by God himself when Eve was brought to Adam; therefore, it must be observed with deep respect and not with an inconsequential disposition. Weve also seen that biblical history is an excellent source where a person can find the true meaning and understanding for Love and its nature. There we find that Divine Love is something that transcends both physical and spiritual realms, thats why the word of God Almighty says: Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13: 8) Love can never fail for it is the very nature, the essence of who and what God is and he has proven himself perfect in everyway thus far.
We must now consider that with knowledge comes responsibility, responsibility with duties, and duties with decisions and with decisions one cannot help but be in wait of consequences. For every action there will be a reaction, this is a universal law whether it is physical or none, this law remains constant. The Love to which we have been shown requires a reaction from us; whether it be righteous or not will depend on our heart but if we are truly from him that initiated such love we will be inline, unified with it and therefore with him and all others like him, we will not be left to stand alone. But dont be fooled, this Divine Love will be tested at every turn to see its strength and fulfilment within us, a faithful slave of Almighty God through Christ is tested with every step s/he takes. Our resister will severely test us, and what better way than through family and friends. To choose between family& friends and our duties to Divine Love is the ultimate entrapment and lie for our faith. The question is which love is greater, that of an invisible often-misunderstood God or that which is here, alive in the flesh? But truly what is the entrapment? You either see it our way; which is narrow minded, fearful, egocentric and selfish; dont love him only love us; youd better love us more or you will loose us, or that which is of God; love all life, friend or foe the same with respect and dignity, do not harm the other but keep on seeking the betterment of the other and yourself in order to have good and productive lives, all the while giving due acknowledgement to he who made it possible. So, is it really your decision to make if someone will be with you or not on this path, or is it his or hers? Which is the neutral ground, which encompasses and embraces all; which does not judge but invites everyone to a light yoke upon them? In writing to the Romans Paul said this about our commitment to this neutral ground to which we walk:
Who will separate us from the love of the Christ? Will tribulation or distress or persecution or hunger or nakedness or danger or sword? Just as it is written: For your sake we are being put to death all day long, we have been accounted as sheep for slaughtering. To the contrary, in all these things we are coming off completely victorious through him that loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from Gods love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
If we are to truly be in union with Divine Love from God through Christ we must be committed to upholding that standard and principle; that of impartial understanding, patients, kindness, honor, dignity and respect of others and life to the glory of that one that all things are from. If those who are around us choose not to see, follow or respect this neutrality and stance then it will be their decision to make not ours. For in view of what we know how could we do otherwise but follow ourselves the greater good for all to which we have been invited in sharing? No one can separate us from this Divine Love because in order to do so we must hate part of our fellow man and love the other. We must declare hearts wicked of which we do not understand nor can read; we must condemn a person for their sins of which we are following closely behind ourselves. Furthermore, if we cannot know the path to which a heart will take, we can only do what is left in our power to do, love all as we do ourselves, do on to others as we would want them to do on to us. We all want to be heard, to be acknowledged, to be respected and to be shown dignity; Divine Love demands us to extend the same to all without prejudices?
I hope that this article has been of help to you in your research on Love. I hope that it has given you a different prospect of the subject and that it will help you better understand the meaning behind our Christian faith. May Gods Divine Love be made perfect in you as we keep attesting to it through everything in our lives.