I should and would never be mistaken for a bible thumper religious person of any denomination or of a particular sect, cult or system. Nor be accused of having knowledge of any rendition of the European fantasy book, its predecessors put out by the Khazars or its descendants the Arabs. Or any manifestation of writings that are a hand book of savage colonizers. However, the following passage is one of my all time favourite chapters of any book read. Overstand that regardless of the source, knowledge can be gleamed from anywhere. That’s why from the cradle to the grave one never ceases to seek of knowledge
What exactly is love?
To me love as its currently being used is a dirty four letter word, corrupted by ego, covetousness and delusion. As it is currently promoted, love is vane, materialistic and is used as a salve for a bruised self esteem or a trauma filled past. No not love but a band aid used by ill people ro cover their wound, or as an anchor to fix people with an unsteady grip on reality to this material world.
The following passage I spoke of is from the holy babble. It is from 1st Corinthian 13. And it goes like this…
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing”.
Basically you are talking loud and saying nothing. And you know that empty vessels make the most noise, right. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”.
The parts in bold emphasis what is wrong with relationships today. Whether intimate or even worse when it comes to family relationships. Why the hell get with someone you don’t or cant trust, respect or always fight with?
“But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”.
What this Roman secret agent and Christian persecutor, Paul was saying is this…Love is a universal concept, that is the essence of life. When all other characteristics pass or fail, the essence of life remains and that is love. After all, its only Greeks and Klingons that fight their gods. For everybody else “God is love” and as a representative of the divine world, should we not echo love in our very being?
This chapter describes just how useless, even destructive, spiritual gifts are when not applied from the standpoint of love. Displays of tongues, prophetic powers, and supernatural spiritual knowledge may be impressive, but they are worthless if not used as intended by the divine out of a heart of love for the divine world and those of us subject to natures laws. Even the most spiritual of activities, selling everything to give to the poor, teaching of traditional ways and sacrificing one’s life to be die for the sake of others, gains a person nothing if not given in love. Note that many people have given their lives for others in the name of love. Beware of stupid acts of sacrifice done under the false pretext of love. For many of those idiots do so under the assumption that they are doing so for love. Nah! Their egos and ignorance cause them to die due to the selfish actions of narcessitic individuals such as girlfriends, family members, homeboys and governments that see them as usless commodities.
Love is not of swollen feelings or sexual urges, that may come and go. It’s not the love of flowery or eloquent words. This is the divine’s love —sometimes described as “unconditional love”. It is unconditional in the sense that it does not depend on the one being loved, but on the commitment of the one acting. However, everything in life has conditions. Everything is contextual and context is everything when communicating or observing how nature and the world, as we know it, exists The best and realest kind of love is given on the condition that one is not expecting A, B or C. And its precisely because of that conditional stance, we actually get A, B and C. Thus people misname it unconditional.
In all cases, true love is about setting one’s self aside for the good of others who, mind you, are themselves on a journey to find their purpose. Here, we find conditionality kicks in. Giving love to stray dogs, cats and people with destructive spirit is truly throwing pearls at swine’s feet. If we practice divine love, then we must have divine hate for all that does not align with nature. Divine hate does not mean to be violent. Divine hate means to avoid destructive people and behaviour. And as social creatures born and bred to interact with others, the lack of love is at the heart of nearly all the problems. Our outsized ego have us believing that we create. No! As carbon copies of the divine world…”as above so below”….we do not create, but recreate what was already downloaded into us from the divine world. As such if we fail to recreate divine love, then we are like a fine tuned computer with a virus that corrupts the hardware.
Love is patient and kind. It actively waits and actively moves for the good of others. On the other hand, love doesn’t envy or boast, not even regarding the spiritual gifts of one’s self or others. Love is not arrogant, convinced of one’s superiority over others. Love is not rude, meaning that it does not act indecently, sinning and breaking cultural norms to bring attention to one’s self.
Those who love like this have given up on seeking their own status and satisfaction first and foremost. Instead, they genuinely commit themselves to seeking good for other believers. Because of that, they don’t get irritable or provoked when other people get in their way. The other people are the point, not the obstacle. Love also means truly letting go of past hurts instead of storing them up and keeping a record or wrongs.
Love refuses to take any joy or pleasure from wrongdoing. Instead, it declares that what is true is worth celebrating above all. Love loves the truth. And love is a truth that is consistent despite opinions and feelings. Love doesn’t set limits on love. Love does not declare, “This far and no further.” Love bears, or puts up with, all things for the good of other believers. That is true even if that means loving from a greater distance to avoid the active abuse of others. 👈🏿👈🏿👈🏿 Meditate on this point.
Similarly, love believes all things, pushloTh the burden of truthfulness onto others instead of carrying the burden of uncovering falsehood. Love doesn’t stop hoping for so called ” good people” to do good, no matter the evidence of the past. Love doesn’t quit when the trials of life pile up. Love keeps pushing on. Infact, there is a line that Stevie Wonder sang that states Love is in nees of itself.
And as Witney Houston sang, the greatest love of all is in you. For how can you love others and not love yourself? How can I pour into you what I am not filled up with?