What can you do to improve your relationships? What about those “challenging” people who sometimes seem hard to love? What if real love is feeling another person’s joy as if it were your own? How could that change how you liver your life?
In our first major series, “The Love Secrets“, we look at these questions, and more, through the lens of the four different ways Jesus said we should someone:
- “Love One Another”
- “Love Your Neighbor”
- “Love Your enemies”
- “Love the Lord Your God”
Love is something you do. That means there are specific things you can do to be more loving, and thus experience more love in your life. Therefore be intentional about loving others, and take active steps to become better at it, so you can increase the total happiness in the world.
Click below to listen to part one, “Love One Another”.
Jesus said we are to love one another as he loved us. He loves us by connecting with us, blessing us, and sacrificing for us. This week, sacrifice your own ego a little bit, choose someone important in your life, and either: (1) do something good for them, (2) work to understand them better, or (3) work to appreciate something that makes them foreign to you.
Here are the readings from this week:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
It is the essence of Love to love others outside of one self, to desire to be one with them, and to render them blessed from oneself. The essence of God consists of two things, love and wisdom; while the essence of His love consists of three things, namely, to love others outside of Himself, to desire to be one with them, and from Himself to render them blessed. And because love and wisdom in God make one…the same three things constitute the essence of His wisdom; and love desires these three things, and wisdom brings them forth.