Let Your Love…

…  Of God,

  Be so Great,

 It allows you,

…  To Overcome,

…  ALL of your petty hatreds.

 

love.

REMEMBER ALWAYS…

… What we see and remember about other human beings, God sees and remembers about us!

Do you want God to remember you as someone who hates, belittles, mocks or ridicules others? or as someone who loves, helps, encourages and praises others?

love.

A Revised Lord’s Prayer.

After this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(From the KJV (longer) form in Matthew Ch 6).

While we have no record available today of Jesus Christ ever writing anything down on paper we do have eye-witness accounts in the Gospels of things Jesus said and taught, such as the above passages in Matthew 6, vs 9-13.

Both Matthew and Luke report Jesus’ instruction concerning prayer, however Luke’s version contains less than does Matthew’s.

In revising The Lord’s Prayer I have attempted to be true to the original English language translation from the Greek in which these chapters were recorded after Jesus’ death on the cross. The minor modifications are, i believe, true to the spirit and intent of Christ as He would have intended for us to pray but written in a form that may more easily be adopted and accepted by many who live today.

Heavenly Father of us all, your name alone be worthy of all praise.¹

Your Kingdom is come, Your will be done, on this earth as it is in Heaven.

Send to us this day such as is sufficient for which we have need²

And forgive all our transgressions, as we should also forgive those of others done to us.

And turn us away from all temptations³, also help keep us from all that is evil in your sight.

For Yours is the Kingdom, and the Power and all Glory,

For ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

  1. I have changed Óur Father (meaning God of course, Father of all creation) to Heavenly Father as, sadly for many people, their relationship with their human father can be a less than pleasant one and it may be very hard for them to associate the word with a kind and benevolent image upon whom we are to rely upon in all circumstances in which we find ourselves. Also a few people today may not have a full understanding of what the word ‘hallowed’ means.
  2. Similarly, few people today may fully appreciate the inherent value of ‘bread’ as it applies in the Bible and in early Christian times. Christ wanted us to pray to God above for the bread of life we have need of in each day  – no more and no less. As is mentioned in Matthew, God knows in advance of our asking that which we have need of each and every day.
  3. It is easily shown by those who study such things that our human brain can have a bit of difficulty dealing with the one word: ‘not’. We can be inclined to dismiss that particular part of a sentence and focus on what it is we are not supposed to be focussing on, which defeats the original purpose. For example if i say to you “Do NOT think of a Purple Squirrel.” most people spend the next few seconds trying to picture a purple squirrel in their minds and asking themselves things like – why Purple?; What’s so special about such a squirrel that i’m not to think about it?; What will happen if i do think about a purple squirrel ? and similar things. We do the opposite to what we were told. Hence if we ask: “lead us not into temptation” our minds can sometimes hold on only to ‘lead us into temptation’ and away we go.

Being human, and therefore fallible, i make no claim to perfection in anything i write, and any errors i might make may be pointed out here and will be received with thanks and gratitude, but if you find this to be of value in your life right now please feel free to remember and use it.

God grant you success.

 

love.

 

 

 

Struggling To Show Love to Every Human Being…? Me Too… Until…

Ok, so my personal journey to believing in God started relatively late in life and while i’ve learned a lot since, it’s mostly learning the ‘theory’ and not getting too far in the actual practical application in my self. ( Just DO It, dummy!)

I was finding it a little hard to figure out just exactly what a loving relationship to an all-powerful, eternal, universal-sized being could be like from my own point of view. It was a little like being an ant and trying to love an elephant – only more ludicrously out of proportion.

Then i had a moment of inspiration yesterday… why not ask God how i can love Him?

So I did and very quickly He got back to me when the thought entered my brain…

“Love thy fellow man as thyself.”

Loving something no man alive today has ever seen face to face might be a tad hard to do or contemplate, but loving all mankind (one-on-one as you happen to come into contact with them) – that’s do-able!🙂

Only, as i mentioned in a previous post (Best Exercise…), ‘thy fellow man’ includes lots and lots of people and groups of people that up until quite recently made me feel very, very, angry and loving them i felt would be somewhat of a Challenge.

But He had the answer to that also…

I’ve loved a few people in my life – it isn’t really all that hard to do (although making it last can be less easy). Generally when you (i) love someone you (i) love them for the good way they make you feel inside as a result of who they are and what they do. You like to be around them and often act in a similar way to them – you like the same things (mostly!).

But not all people make you feel that way (good) quite a few, for an infinite variety of reasons, can make you feel – what’s the word? – Bad, in fact. Generally you (i) don’t normally love these people and it has a lot to do with the way they act and/or think being of a contrary nature to yours (mine).

What was His answer to that?

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Simple, love the people who make you feel good for the good example they personify to you… and love the people who don’t for the good example of what NOT to personify.

(Note: this means ALL people can be a GOOD example to you – some for what to do, the rest for what not to do.)

If you see or hear of someone doing something that seems unbelievably stupid, or even just plain evil or mean you don’t have to love what they did. You certainly don’t have to do as they do. But you can love the fact that they helped you see how NOT to behave, act or think and to choose to be less like them and more like those you do love for their inate self and the actions or thoughts they embody and can raise or improve in your self.

Loving the fact that they (the annoying person) helped you, by allowing you to see how unattractive negative acts are in a person (such as yourself for example), can allow you to love that person, if not actually embrace or adopt their attitudes to whatever it was that you did not like in them in the first place and thus turn disgust or anger at them into love.

Ok – so that’s my ‘new’ theory… now to turn it into practice – and then habit.

Anyone care to join me?🙂

love.

 

Footnote:  I should add that a precaution may be necessary to the above topic. The ultimate aim – to help all mankind love all mankind without exception which i believe is of Godly intent –  requires each one of us to know what is good and what is not so that we cleave to the good and abhor the bad. Unfortunately this comes down to personal choice and we as human beings (carnal, of the flesh) are fallible in this regard. What some think of as good others might think abhorrent and vice versa. We need to try to see from the side of the Spirit that unites all, rather than our own individual consciences/thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Exercise for Longer Life…

Fruit of the Spirit

… is Walking!

By which i mean the way we walk while in Spirit.

For those who would wish to walk in Spirit (as did Christ whilst in the flesh), St Paul’s words to the Galatians (Particularly Ch 5 below) might prove useful as he tells us what we all should do (vs 14,22,23 & 24) as well as what we should not do (vs 19,20,21 &26) .

14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, ¹patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

 

Overcoming the will of our flesh, that battles daily with the Spirit, is never an ‘easy’ thing for any one of us.

Loving Christ in Spirit means a life of long-suffering here on earth.

I have sadly come to realise that it means for me – amongst other things – that i have to love Donald Trump and those of his ilk; to love terrorists who have committed, or are planning to commit, the most heinous of crimes; to love the NRA membership; to love all politicians (Man, that’s gonna be hard!); to love my broker who’s advice wiped out over 80% of my account; to love all criminals, hypocrites and the ignorant; to love all atheists and all peoples of all religions all over the world. In short, to love my fellow man.

It does not however, mean i have to love whatever they may do or what they think, or excuse when they do that which is against God and the Spirit. Correction of error is a part of living in Spirit.

 

love.

 

  1. This was the NLT version and gives the word patience in verse 22. The NIV gives the word as forebearance and my personal Authorised KJV gives the translation as long-suffering.

My preference of these is long-suffering as it help me keep in mind the suffering of Christ whilst making every effort to be as Him and recognising that my suffering is an essential part of my life in flesh as i try to overcome my selfish desires for the good which only the Spirit can bring me.

The Right Time.

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The right place is wherever YOU are and the right time is NOW!

Seems to me now is the time (in fact it is passed time) these words were heard by all and followed by those who are able, and especially by those who believe truly in God.

Forgive the archaic language, the words were not written by me but the truth they contain is timeless.

1 ¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:1-21

Feel free to copy them down so you can carefully consider them later ( or now if you choose).

Honorary mention and thanks to Transformer Girl.

 

love.

Some Words from the Gospel of John.

63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

John Ch 6:63-65

 

The words are John’s quoting of Jesus Christ speaking to His followers. Quickeneth is a term for spiritual Life, to which our flesh/mind can contribute nothing positive.

The last line is of particular interest: “We” (our human body/human mind) do not choose to truly follow the word of God, of Jesus, except that God wills it to be so for us. (At a time of His choosing, not ours).

Our human mind has a very great capacity to be deceived – even by itself.

love.

 

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