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Monday, March 5, 2012

A Labor of Love

My children and I have recently had several conversations talking about people that are mean and rude, people that make us angry, etc… How we are to treat them and how they are people who need love the most.   And then how hard it is to love them.

And then the question remains, why is it hard to love.  Is it possibly based in selfishness?  Selfishness that someone isn't treating us the way we think they should?  Selfishness because someone has more than we do?  Selfishness, selfishness, selfishness.  Can love abound in this?

"We're all constantly inhaling the N.A.S.A. grade rocket fuel for the ego, and you go through these illusions that you're accomplishing great things.  Here is Mother Teresa, with her humility accomplishing what you know are really great things, and you say "if this woman, 4 feet 11, I doubt she weight 100 lbs, with her humility can accomplish these great things, then why am I wasting my time on these illusionary things? ""
Quoted from Great Souls: Mother Teresa

John 13:34
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Surrounding yourself in God's love, surrounding yourself in fellowship with him, surrounding yourself in His word, surrounding yourself in stories of those who have served the Lord with their lives…this can change everything. 

Philippians 4:8 
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worth of praise, dwell on these things.

‎"...this is the radicality of Mother Theresa and the radicality of the Christian gospel of course, is that love needs no excuse, love needs no rational, love needs no justification, God is love."

Quote taken from the movie Great Souls: Mother Teresa. What an amazing example of love to follow.

Enjoy watching Great Souls: Mother Teresa on netflix or get your copy here.


Anonymous said...

I'd say it's hard to love because we are all naturally bent toward conditional love (love dependent upon others loving us). We also don't like to think of ourselves as sinful because it hurts our pride. Even as Christians, sometimes we are uncomfortable if someone points out a sin (though we oughtn't be! Sanctification is of paramount importance in the Christian life and God won't let us continue in sinful attitudes forever without chastisement).

We must remember that we break the Ten Commandments every day, if not in deed, in mind.
We must remember that when we break one it's easier to beak others soon after because we've given the old man a second glance.
I reckon God allows us to see these things, these sins, so that we are humbled and reminded that we are still in need of His Help and forgiveness.

So, people find it hard to love because we are not loving in our nature. Only God has a loving nature because he is not sinful.

When we find ourselves not loving, we must repent and ask the Lord to give us love, even if it's to love our enemy.

Christ is the best example of Love, as he gave Himself, His Holy Self, to us to save us from the just Wrath of the Father. There is no greater love than this and no love that even comes close to that.

Great topic, Mandi!


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