June 10, 2016

Love: the Benefits of Giving and Receiving It



“Love”. What does that word truly mean? Fondness? Desire? Sympathy? Those are certainly all aspects of love, but they cannot explain the full power of this emotion.

I’ve been writing about love in my last few articles—particularly about receiving and sharing God’s unconditional love (agape). My last article was about choosing empathy over judgment.  This was something Jesus did all the time.

Today, I would like to continue with the theme of cultivating Christlike traits. First, I would be honored if you would view the 1 minute, 33 second YouTube video of me playing two children’s hymns: “I Feel my Savior’s Love” and “I’m Trying to be Like Jesus”. I will write the words to the songs below:



“I Feel My Savior’s Love”

Verse 1

I feel the Savior’s love in all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul through everything I see.

Verse 2

I feel my Savior’s love; its gentleness enfolds me.
And when I kneel to pray, my heart is filled with peace.

Verse 3
I feel my Savior’s love and know that he will bless me.
I offer him my heart; my shepherd he will be.

Chorus

He knows I will follow him, give all my life to him.
I feel the Savior’s love, the love he freely gives me.

Words: Ralph Rodgers, Jr.
Music: K. Newell Dayley

“I’m Trying to be Like Jesus”

Verse 1

I’m trying to be like Jesus; I’m following in his ways.
I’m trying to love as he did, in all that I do and say.
At times I am tempted to make a wrong choice,
But I try to listen as the still, small voice whispers:

Verse 2

I’m trying to love my neighbor;
I’m trying to serve my friends.
I watch for the day of gladness
when Jesus will come again.
I try to remember the lessons he taught.
Then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts, saying:

Chorus

Love one another as Jesus loves you.
Try to show kindness in all that you do.
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought,
For these are the things Jesus taught.

Words and music by Janice Kapp Perry

My Conclusion

“This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.”—John 15:12 (KJV)

Often, the simplest truths are the most profound. God is unconditional love. This love is manifest in feelings of warmth, gentleness, humility, and peace. In return, we are expected to pass on this love to others in the form of loving, kind deeds and thoughts.

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