Luke 5:23 (NLT) Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’?
The language of love is multidimensional, let’s embrace its significance for our lives.
Love has many components and dimensions. It’s not all emotion and it often takes great effort.
In other words, many times love is what love does. Everyone experiences love differently, and it’s easy to miss the mark when it comes to showing that you love family and friends by caring.
Love is the greatest form of spirituality. Perhaps, embodied in our life frustrations is a Love void.
It may be plausible, that our personal dissatisfactions are a void of loving oneself, embracing the Love of God.
And ultimately the ability to give and receive love as we are seemingly incapable to give others what we do not have for ourselves.
In Fact, as the years have passed and I have come to know more and as I begin to counsel people, families, and friends that are affected by being frustrated in their lives.
I can relate to them personally in many instances.
As a result, I’ve begun to assess myself and reflect on them and upon my own understanding of what is the ultimate root of this life significance.
I recognized the void of an authentic God love that has morphed into a diminished love of self.
When we embrace God’s love in our lives, I have discovered we stand a better chance of loving ourselves is my experience. Forgiveness is an act of love for oneself and towards others.
Another significant dimension of love that can require great effort is the act of forgiveness.
Love, in its most liberating form, forgives. Forgiveness can be simple, or it can be difficult and complicated.
It has its best chance to present itself when one has learned it from a parent over years of observation.
If our children are to be forgiving, their parents must teach them the art of forgiveness.
Every day in thousands of ways, children are asking parents, “Do you forgive me?” the hard reality is expectations often lead parents to consciously or unconsciously give the message, “You’re not forgiven.”
Forgiveness is taught and learned dimensions of love in families and all human relationships.
However, once again our ability or inability to forgive ourselves and others is rooted in our relationship with God.
I believe it’s time to make some personal changes in our life’s journey, for ourselves and for our legacies.
Quote: “Legacy is not only what you leave for someone, but more importantly, it’s what you leave in someone”. James Baker Jr.
Point to ponder
I am forever grateful that I have chosen a life of spirituality and God as my ultimate source for better or worse.
When I have gone through challenging periods in my life and felt dysfunctional personally.
It is God that I reached out to and felt the presence of the Sovereign God greater than myself doing the work in my life.
Love is what love does family and friends. Let’s prepare and be ready to model love in its various dimensions to our family and relationships.
Book Recommendation- Dr. Gary Chapman released his popular relationship book, “The Five Love Languages”.
- What message are you communicating to others?
- Do you struggle to Love yourself?
- Do you struggle to forgive others?
- What are you personally doing to grow in your Love relationships?
- Can you see that all Love relationships start with God?
- What Legacy are you leaving?
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