Words of Inspiration and Hope
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there is anger, it will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
We all have different definitions of what love is. Some people find it in the company of others. Others believe it is merely a phase and love doesn't exist in the real world. The stories I hear on the new, sometimes I wonder where love is. Even in relationships, we hope we are attracted people who are reflections and extensions of our true selves. Some days it gets hard to see where love is. What does love look like?
I found something on the Elite Daily about love.
1. Effortless and Eternal Attraction - When love is present, the relationship is effortless. Love for others requires love of self. We never have to “try” to make the relationship work. It just is. We never have to try to go out of our way to make other people happy. Love exists in the simplest things we do together. There is no need to convince or force anything on each other.
2. Mutual Respect - Respect for each other is the most important factor to sustain love. It comes from never crossing the line, no matter what.
3. Acceptance - When we are a person of love filled representing the God energy within, we naturally accept the person for his or her positives, as well as for negatives. It opens up our perspectives, and we see and learn things we wouldn't have otherwise experienced. Love changes us and how we think. It harmonizes all differences. There is no judgment, and we become open to receiving and accepting love, exactly the way it is.
4. Selflessness - Love is truly experienced only when we have something to give. To receive love, we must give love. It’s not about fulfilling selfish desires, but about working on a common goal. It’s about being selfless and caring about other’s needs as much as caring about our own.
5. Trust - Needless to say, trust is the most basic foundation of love. While it is crucial to trust others, it is equally important to trust ourselves. Love creates a feeling of vulnerability without being fearful or defensive. Trust brings emotional stability.
6. Healing - Love heals and ousts fear. Love creates a feeling of safety and protection. Love never hurts because there is no ego involved. Love only heals pain from the past and gives us the strength to love again.
7. Growth - One who experiences true love always favors personal and spiritual growth. It’s a natural process that is essential for happiness and freedom.
8. Companionship - As a physical being, it’s important that we seek companionship from other human beings. When it comes to love, some of the companions stay with us through our entire lives. Part of this physical experience is to have others with whom we can experience the wonders of life. A true companion is there to celebrate in good times and to cry in times that are challenging.
9. Communication - Many people say that they struggle to express their feelings to people they love; when really the only thing that stops them is their egos. Ego is not necessarily arrogance, but also a lack of trust in yourself and how you feel. When words have meaning and are said with a good intentions, it’s never difficult to let them out.
Making yourself understood and understanding your partner is the foundation of true love. When we speak our hearts and are open and truthful about our feelings, it shows courage and generosity. A true love will always recognize that and respect you for letting him or her inside your secret, sacred space. They share a common life objective and work together to achieve their goals.
10. Fearlessness - Where there is love, there is no fear: no fear of commitment, no fear of making mistakes or fear of hurting someone. Fear makes love hopeless and complicated. Where there is love, there is the confidence that we will be accepted.
11. Sacred - Love is sacred. It removes ego, brings joy and brings us closer to our real selves. True love is freedom. True love is not judgmental. True love is not unkind. True love is forgiveness. When we love, we are closer to God. We find love by loving ourselves. We will never find love or happiness by expressing thoughts, words or actions of hate. It comes when we are comfortable in our own skin and grateful for who we are and the people around us.
Our sixth principle reflects the affirmation that we love others as we love ourselves. What does the Golden Rule mean?
It's the ultimate, all-encompassing rule of morality, promoted by every religion and ethical system. Today, many anti-bullying organizations are touting the Golden Rule as the solution to bullying. However, as I will be explaining, very few people actually understand what it comes to teach us.
If everyone lived the Golden Rule, can you imagine what this world would be like? In this day and age where there is so much negativity, it’s important now than any other time that the words we recite each Sunday starts with each and every one of us every day. If everyone practiced unconditional love, there would be no need for the agencies that we have to protect us. Protecting us from each other.
Spiritualism is a religion of love. We talk about love in the Healing Prayer and the Prayer of St. Francis. We sing songs of love. I wish you all a week of love. Love in God, love in faith, love to others and most important love of self.