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Super-Agape (2)

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Peaceful Greetings Reader:)… please see super-agape…for context…

The Bible explains that genuine love is shown, “not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18) Does this mean that we cannot express love through our speech? Not at all! (1 Thess. 4:18) Rather, it means that our love must not be limited to words, especially when the circumstances call for action. For example, when a fellow […]lacks the basic necessities of life, he needs more than our good wishes. (Jas. 2:15, 16)

The apostle John wrote that we must love “in deed and truth.” Thus, our love must be “without hypocrisy,” or “free from hypocrisy.”(Rom. 12:9; 2 Cor. 6:6) This means that we cannot show genuine love while pretending to be something that we are not, as if we were wearing a mask. We might wonder, ‘Is there such a thing as love with hypocrisy?’ Not really. This would not be love at all but a worthless imitation. [excerpted: Love..in Deed and Truth w 2017]

Does selfishness come easy? Sure!… but, we, humans, have the capacity to cultivate and learn love… agape every day.

Is agape (aka unselfish/pure motive) my prompt?? Does the highest form of love… agape… result in the highest happiness or the greatest good for others and ourselves??

 

12/04/17 @ 12:04 a.m.

 

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Super-Agape

Joan Winifred justice love motivation trust Truth

“We should love, not in word or with the tongue, but in deed and truth.”—1 John 3:18.

JEHOVAH {True God of Bible, True God of Compassion aka Yahweh} is the Source of love. (1 John 4:7) The highest form of love is based on right principles. In the Bible, this type of love is described by the Greek word a·gaʹpe. This love can include affection and warm feelings for someone, but it involves more than simply feelings. It is shown by unselfish actions for the benefit of others. It is love that motivates us to do good things for others. This kind of love gives us joy and meaning in life. [excerpted reading: Love… in Deed and Truth w 2017]

12/03/17 @ 12:46 p.m.

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Not Ordinary (Part 1)

Breathing-Fragile-Life choice compassion conscientious-ness happiness healing Joan Winifred love wisdom

These are not ordinary times in which we live/breathe/exist…
to put one’s own whims, agendas, preferences, and “so-called” personal happinesses..comforts
ahead and above everything/everyone else…
is to naively
and blindly
miss out on
seeing/understanding
the big picture! (issues of sovereignty)

some of us…mature ones aka spiritually discerning ones…realize/appreciate…there are make it and/or break it…important times in life/history/reality when one’s own (personal/individual) desires, wants, gratification, immediacy…need and have to be put aside for the much greater good…

how deep is your love?
how deep is your compassion?

extraordinary love & compassion required!:)

(Let True Compassion Reign/Rule You aka True God of Compassion and Agape Love…it’s the only pathway to peace/the only way to survive the pelting/harsh rain/reign of cruelty aka man’s selfish-self-rule…
hurting humanity and the planet!:(

8/19/17 @ 8:03 p.m.

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LL…(we) cool (aka OKAY), j (oanie)??

Breathing-Fragile-Life Joan Winifred love loyalty

L: OYAL
L: OVE

flaws…i have many; obvious to those close/far from me…(and to myself)

but i will continue to shed tears (and Prayers) for U! (myfellowfragilelife)

say what?!

Do not say: “I will do to him just as he has done to me.”—Prov. 24:29.

Early Morning Reading…

Have you ever heard someone say, “I will give him a taste of his own medicine”? Jesus recommended a more positive way of handling difficult situations. This rule of conduct is so well-known that it is often called the Golden Rule: “Just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them.” (Luke 6:31) Jesus meant that we should treat people the way we would like to be treated and not repay unkindness with unkindness […] (excerpted w 15 5/15)

Being sensitive to feelings thereby striving to show RESPECT and love (at all times)…what we put into relationships w/fellow-fragile-life (especially w/closer relationships like family/marriage/spiritual brotherhood)…is that what we hope to get back??

loyal love

 

9/14/16 @ 9:52 a.m.

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Spiritual Development

Joan Winifred love

Development..deep.

on-line definition:

the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing

the product or result of developing

a fact, event, or happening, esp one that changes a situation

All life starts out…with end goal of maturation (and beyond). Innumerable challenges/variables serve as catalysts/obstacles to pace/progress. Time/timing and seen/unforeseen events effect/affect us all immeasurably. Physical growth/development can be charted (somewhat). What about spiritual growth/development (say from birth onward)?!

Recent readings/studies…on a favorite topic “love”...love is a major player in development.

PARENTS love to see their newborn baby smile. They often put their faces close to that of the infant, cooing and smiling expressively. They are eager to see a response. And before long, it comes—the baby’s cheeks dimple, the lips curl, and a delightful smile appears. In its own small way, that smile seems to express affection, the dawning love of the baby in response to the love of the parents.

2 The baby’s smile reminds us of something important about human nature. Our natural response to love is love. That is simply the way we are made. (Psalm 22:9: You were the One who brought me out of the womb, The One who made me feel secure on my mother’s breasts.)

As we grow, we mature in our ability to respond to love. Perhaps you can recall from your own childhood how your parents, relatives, or friends expressed love for you. In your heart a warm feeling took root, grew, and blossomed into action. You showed your love in return. Is a similar process unfolding in your relationship with Jehovah God?

What It Means to Love God

  1. In what way are people confused about what it means to love God?

4 Jehovah, the Originator of love, well knows that love has immense power to bring out the best in others. So despite the persistent rebelliousness of unfaithful mankind, he has remained confident that some humans would respond to his love. And, indeed, millions have. Sadly, though, the religions of this corrupt world have left people confused about what it means to love God. Countless people say that they love God, but they seem to think that such love is merely a feeling to be expressed in words. Love for God may begin that way, just as a baby’s love for his parents may first show itself in a smile. In mature people, however, love involves more.

  1. How does the Bible define love of God, and why should that definition appeal to us?

5 Jehovah defines what it means to love him. His Word says: “This is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments.” Love of God, then, needs to be expressed in action. Granted, many do not find the thought of obedience appealing. But the same verse kindly adds: “And yet [God’s] commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3) Jehovah’s laws and principles are designed to benefit us, not to oppress us.

Isaiah 48:17, 18:

“This is what Jehovah says, your Repurchaser, the Holy One of Israel:

“I, Jehovah, am your God,

The One teaching you to benefit yourself,

The One guiding you in the way you should walk.

18 If only you would pay attention to my commandments!

Then your peace would become just like a river

And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

God’s Word is full of principles that help us draw closer to him. (excerpted: “Draw Close to God, and He Will Draw Close to You” cl chap. 31)

Questions for Consideration:

Is my love immature? mature?

Am i helping to bring out the best in Others?

Freely smiling is important, but does my compassion for humanity prompt me to take further positive action(s)?

Is my personal peace freely flowing like a river?

Is my compassion like the waves of the sea?

{immaturity (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) thinks, speaks and acts one way–maturity thinks, speaks and acts one way…immaturity does not behave/express like maturity neither does maturity behave/express like immaturity.}

All life (all of us)…in various stages of development: immaturity/maturity…so, compassion and forgiveness and patience is a MUST, eh? 🙂

(published 10/2/15 @ 11:50 a.m.)

 

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Mercy Me Mister Mister

Joan Winifred love

 

Chato and Jr
my boys…1 turned 16 (L-P) another 44 (Chato) (this March 18th & 22nd, 2015). Double cuteness!:)

“Kyrie Eleison”…Greek for: “Lord Have Mercy!”

Both of them/Gifts from God (Hubby & Our Son)…have taught me so MUCH for which i’m THANKFUL! Lessons of Love/Mercy!:)

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Preserving Self vs. Sacrificing Self

compassion friends Joan Winifred love

Stuff i’ve studied about compassion (& have learned through my (limited) life experience thus far of 45 years) brings me to this way of thinking/speaking/writing:…when a person is truly into (genuinely) helping somebody else, no matter who they are, no matter their status (or lack thereof)..no matter their gender/background/education/reputation, etc…when a person is willing to push aside their own well-being, etc. for somebody else’s good…that’s pure compassion at work.. when you ultimately take the risk and throw yourself under the bus, or knowingly run into the burning building to save somebody–knowing ahead of time you will suffer for it or be burned (say when you give away or share your last morsel of food/bread)…yeah, that’s a true/loyal friend!!...somebody who loves You more than they love their own name, position, status, reputation, etc. When someone is more concerned about the best interests of the other and not only/just looking out for themselves/preserving self…when a person willingly goes there to the difficult place/the non-comfort zone of self-sacrifice/pain/suffering for somebody else…and knowing (partially or completely) they will be hurt, abused or ridiculed/killed by helping, speaking out, taking action, etc. to me: that’s the ultimate description of what pure compassion means.

Does my compassion/love pass this test?

No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his soul in behalf of his friends.” (John 15:13)

What am i/You willing to surrender for my/Your friends?

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts* (or drives) fear out, because fear restrains us. Indeed, the one who is fearful has not been made perfect in love. (1John 4:18)

Courage & Compassion walk hand-in-hand!:)

(3/20/15 @ 11:51 a.m. published)

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Making?

Joan Winifred love
Making? (what?)
making nothing? out of something?…or is it vice versa, eh? (takes smarts/skills, huh? sanity, of course.)
“beacons burning endlessly bright”…either you see? or you don’t?..trying to be your eyes? (exhausting?)..(the blinded (by brilliance) leading the blind?) an exercise in frustration? an exercise in patience? (an exercise in compassion?) an exercise of time crunch/management possibly?
possibilities…What are You making??…(like you’d honestly answer? me or anyone/including yourself) that’s it? you run scared from honesty? why?…cause you’d have to see. To see is action. (your in-action speaks volumes fast.)
(1 thing i know…i don’t make hate…nor do i hide it. Hate will NEVER rule me.)

a (read) description worth contemplation (& imitation)…
“Loyalty is a warm quality that includes devotion, faithfulness, and unswerving allegiance. A loyal person is not fickle. Rather, he lovingly attaches himself to someone (or something), sticking closely to that person (or thing) even through difficult circumstances.”

“With someone loyal you act in loyalty; With the blameless, mighty man, you deal blamelessly” (2 Samuel 22:26)

being blameless…(for ***!) in the making…(always):)
(publishing a post…outta nothing at all…?! 3/17/15 @ 11:17 a.m.)
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Family of Fragile Life

Breathing-Fragile-Life compassion Joan Winifred love science & spirituality

Racism is (a terrible topic) beyond my understanding/comprehension…probably because of my family upbringing and background/education. I was raised in a family where fragile life of all backgrounds/races/cultures were appreciated, accepted and loved. One race was never elevated over another. We all belong to the same race: HUMAN!:) (I was taught to treat Others from varying places/cultures/countries as my global brother or sister since childhood.) So, I’ve really been privileged to have many beautiful friends/family from all over the place…which I’ve learned/benefitted a lot from their various experiences/cultures.

Today, I was reading an article in Huffington Post about twins that look different http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/02/biracial-twins-lucy-maria-aylmer_n_6787294.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592...which, of course, got my brain/dendrites connecting to stuff/readings of the past on this topic of global family. For example:

Discoveries in genetics have confirmed the fallacy of racism. Researchers studying people from different continents have found that the differences in DNA between any two randomly chosen individuals from virtually anywhere in the world amounted to about 0.5 percent. * And 86 to 90 percent of those differences occurred within any one racial group. Therefore, just 14 percent or less of the 0.5 percent variation occurred between racial groups.

*The relatively few genetic differences between humans may, however, be significant medically, for some diseases appear to have a genetic link.

Because “humans are genetically homogeneous,” says the journal Nature, “genetics can and should be an important tool in helping to both illuminate and defuse the race issue.” (excerpted: AWAKE! 2009 We Are All One Family)

So, science combats racism…yet it persists (and why is that?)..science alone, obviously, is NOT enough to do away with racism! Brain/head knowledge/scientific fact is not enough. Here’s where spirituality/heart fact is significant in eliminating racism:

The heart, or the inner person, must also be reached. “Out of the heart come wicked reasonings,” said Jesus Christ.—Matthew 15:19, 20.

The Bible’s Viewpoint

The Bible was written to appeal to the heart. For example, in addition to stating the scientific truth that “[God] made out of one man every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth,” the Bible also says: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34, 35; 17:26) Does that not warm your heart toward God?—Deuteronomy 32:4.

(Yahweh) Jehovah God wants us to show that we love him by becoming like him. “Become imitators of God, as beloved children, and go on walking in love,” says Ephesians 5:1, 2. “Walking in love” includes loving people as God does, regardless of their skin color or ethnicity.—Mark 12:31 (my highlights excerpted: AWAKE! 2009 article: We Are All One Family!)

How am i treating my family (fellow-fragile-breathing-life) today??

(IF we hurt family, we are ultimately hurting ourselves, eh?)

“All things . . . that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them.”—Matthew 7:12

Am i being Loving? Kind? Forgiving? Compassionate? Considerate? Respectful? Thankful? Helpful? Patient? 🙂

 

(published 3/3/15 @ 10:44 a.m.)

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