February 2, 2020

Love: a Creative Power, part 5

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“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”--1 John 4:16 (KJV)

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Please scroll down to see the first four articles in the series.

The scripture says we need to walk in love, as God does. This can be described as caring for others’ needs as much as for our own. Let’s call it…
  • Selflessness
  • Humility
  • Compassion
  • Charity
The Rich, Young Ruler

Matthew 19: 16-24 is a scriptural passage illustrating that money, fame, and keeping the commandments aren’t enough to get us into Heaven. We need to help each other. That is the purpose of life. We’re not here to “get ahead” alone.

Unfortunately, the young man didn’t have his priorities straight. He wasn’t ready to give up his privileged lifestyle.

Near-death Experiences

Some fatally sick or wounded individuals are pronounced clinically dead for a time. In some instances, their spirit visits Heaven. Near-death experiences vary, naturally. Each person is unique. There are two aspects every pleasant encounter has in common, however: light and love. Two of the most common descriptions are:  “overwhelming”, and “indescribable in human terms”.

Materialism and selfishness have no place in Heaven. “Money can’t buy you love,” according to the rock group, The Beatles. The scriptures say we can’t buy our way into Heaven, either.

Whoever guards the gates of Heaven isn’t going to ask for our credit report or our financial portfolio. They will review our relationships.

Compassionate People Serving Others

Catholic Saints, such as Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata), were far from rich. They lived simple lives of sacrifice. “Mother Teresa” served in the notorious slums of one of India’s largest cities.

Plenty of Christian missionaries and volunteers serve in developing countries. These loving people receive a reward of faith and joy—not a huge financial payout.

My Conclusion

“Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:”--1 Timothy 1:5 (KJV)
“Let all your things be done with charity.”-- 1 Corinthians 16:14 (KJV)
“Lord, teach us to step outside ourselves. Teach us to go out into the streets and manifest your love.”—Pope Francis

Please enjoy this video by Matt Maher. The song is entitled, “I Will Be My Brother’s Keeper.”

Are you prioritizing love?

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