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Super-Agape (2)

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

“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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Hungry Birdies (4)

Good Afternoon Birdies:)… aka Respected Readers in need of an afternoon/evening/dusk/dawn or morning snack -lol:) Thank You for reading (1)..(2)…(3)…picking up topic of who could provide/qualify to atone once for all time for the Hebrews (and all of humankind)…

The Messiah… what do the Holy Writings/Sacred Scriptures say…

“A prophet I shall raise up for them from the midst of their brothers, like you.”— Deuteronomy 18:18.

Samples of progressive details…

What did God promise Abraham about the Messiah?

God told faithful Abraham that the Messiah—the promised “seed”—would be one of his descendants. “By means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves due to the fact that you have listened to my voice.”— Genesis 22:18.

What did God tell Isaac?

God reiterated to Isaac the promise He had made to Abraham: “I will carry out the sworn statement that I swore to Abraham your father, ‘. . . by means of your seed all nations of the earth will certainly bless themselves.’”—Genesis 26: 3, 4.

What did Moses say about the Messiah?

When Israel was about to enter the Land of Promise, Moses told the nation: “A prophet from your own midst, from your brothers, like me, is what Jehovah your God will raise up for you—to him you people should listen.”— Deuteronomy 18:15.

What did God promise David about the Messiah?

“I shall certainly raise up your seed after you, which will come out of your inward parts; and I shall indeed firmly establish his kingdom. . . . Your very throne will become one firmly established to time indefinite.”—2 Samuel 7:12. 16.

“I myself shall place him as firstborn, the most high of the kings of the earth. To time indefinite I shall preserve my loving-kindness toward him, and my covenant will be faithful to him. And I shall certainly set up his seed forever and his throne as the days of heaven.”— Psalm 89:27-29[89:28-30, TNK].

How did the prophet Jeremiah confirm these promises?

“‘I shall make sprout for David a righteous sprout,’ . . . for this is what Jehovah has said, ‘There will not be cut off in David’s case a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel.’”— Jeremiah 33:15, 17. [excerpted reading: “How Can You Have A Happy Life?” Section 15: What Do The Scriptures Say About The Messiah?]

Please be sure to return for more birdseed…:)

11/28/17 @ 6:12 p.m.

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beyond the crowd…HEY! NOW!

Go for the moon

 “You must not follow after the crowd to do evil, and you must not pervert justice by giving testimony to go along with the crowd.*(or testimony that is popular)” Exodus 23:22

Any of us can courageously choose NOT to go along with the crowd! IS it an easy course, at times,…no. However, the real thinkers and innovative doers/accomplishers of timelessness goodness…did…outside the boxes of commodity…conformity. Breaking the jello mold…(“watch it wiggle, see it jiggle”… old jello jingle…:) in other words… fear of man, or fear of what Others think or giving up or giving in because of… eats away pieces of integrity.

History is full of examples both positive & negative… impacts of past societies…

Are my personal values making me susceptible or impervious… to Others’ opinions of me?? Yeah, to a degree, of course, it’s only natural to want those You deeply love to think kindly of You…approval of family and society can be two different things… or one and the same type of thing… sometimes, neither society nor family accept..aka fully appreciate and treat me as outcast…(my (Bible) beliefs and (high-compassion) values) have brought me there…(obviously; IF it mattered most to me… winning approval over despising shame… would I write and publish most of this spiritual stuff on this blog?! It’s the slight space between being sensitive to Others and not letting the sensitivities of Others dictate;) my every choice in the matters that matter most.

And what matters most to me??

(Hmmm… living compassion; probably…and white pebbles)… (we all need encouragement/support so… am thankful! for the family/friends i do have who put up with me;)…

Resistance is NOT futile and possible…[excerpted: Resist the Pressure of Public Opinion w 2010] Thinking of a person/example of Compassion and thinking of a person who swam in the opposite direction of society and expectations thereof, etc. of his day… who treated women, children and any other underdog with deserved dignity and respect… check it out please…

“Greeks, Romans, and Judeans all considered honor and shame to be pivotal values in their cultures,” says one scholar. “Men lived and died in quest of honor, reputation, fame, approval, and respect.” Such values made them susceptible to the opinions of others.

Status, position, and honor were everything in a society characterized by an acute awareness of rank, ranging from nobility to slavery. Honor was a person’s value not only in his own eyes but in the eyes of others as well. To honor a person meant to acknowledge publicly that he behaved in a way expected of him. Rendering honor also meant being outwardly impressed by a person’s wealth, office, or nobility and therefore according him due attention. Honor could be won by performing virtuous deeds or by excelling over others. In contrast, shame, or dishonor, accompanied public humiliation or ridicule. More than a personal feeling or a response of one’s conscience, it was the result of condemnation by society.

When Jesus spoke about a person’s being assigned “the most prominent place” or “the lowest place” at a feast, it was a matter of honor or shame according to the culture of the day. (Luke 14:8-10) On at least two occasions, Jesus’ disciples disputed over “which one of them seemed to be greatest.” (Luke 9:46; 22:24) They were manifesting a major concern of the society in which they lived. Meanwhile, proud and competitive Jewish religious leaders saw Jesus’ preaching as a challenge to their honor and authority. Their attempts to get the better of him in public debates before crowds, however, invariably resulted in failure.—Luke 13:11-17.

Another concept current in first-century Jewish, Greek, and Roman thinking was the shamefulness of being “seized and publicly charged with wrongdoing.” For a person to be bound or confined was viewed as degrading. Such treatment insulted an individual before friends, family, and the general community—whether he was convicted of a crime or not. The stigma thereafter attached to his reputation could shatter his self-respect and damage his relationship with others. More shameful than being bound was the indignity of being stripped or flogged. Such treatment incited contempt and derision, depriving the person of his honor.

Execution on a torture stake subjected the victim to the worst of all possible indignities. Such an execution was “the penalty for slaves,” says scholar Martin Hengel. “As such it symbolized extreme humiliation, shame and torture.” Social pressure to renounce a person who was dishonored in this way was brought upon his family and friends. Since Christ died in this manner, all who wanted to be Christians in the first century C.E. thus had to face the challenge of public ridicule. Most people likely considered it absurd for someone to identify himself as a follower of a man who suffered impalement. “We preach Christ impaled,” wrote the apostle Paul, “to the Jews a cause for stumbling but to the nations foolishness.” (1 Cor. 1:23) How did the early Christians face this challenge?

In order to maintain his integrity to Jehovah God, Jesus underwent the most dishonorable execution possible. “He endured a torture stake, despising shame.” (Heb. 12:2) Jesus’ enemies slapped him, spat on him, stripped him, flogged him, impaled him, and reviled him. (Mark 14:65; 15:29-32) Yet, Jesus despised the shame that they attempted to heap on him. How? He refused to shrink from such treatment. Jesus knew that he lost no dignity in Jehovah’s eyes, and he certainly sought no glory from men. Even though Jesus died the death of a slave, Jehovah dignified him by resurrecting him and giving him the most honorable place next to Him. At Philippians 2:8-11, we read: “[Christ Jesus] humbled himself and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason also God exalted him to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

What about us today? Things the world considers foolish, weak, and ignoble, God views as wise, powerful, and honorable. (1 Cor. 1:25-28 “Because a foolish thing of God is wiser than men, and a weak thing of God is stronger than men. For you see his calling of you, brothers, that there are not many wise in a fleshly way *(or by human standards),not many powerful, not many of noble birth *(or from important families), 27 but God chose the foolish things of the world to put the wise men to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world to put the strong things to shame; 28 and God chose the insignificant things of the world and the things looked down on, the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,” 

Would it not be foolish and shortsighted for us to be influenced entirely by public opinion?

 Whether You Reader:) are a follower of Christ (or choose another role-model/mentor) or not… it begs the self-reflection questions: am I unduly influenced by society and public opinion…(and for the better or for the worse/to my own detriment)?? Would I willingly despise shame, face public ridicule, torture for my personal belief system?? Is my personal belief system worth it?! And what did Jesus preach/teach…a timeless message of Peace & Compassion and help for the underdog!!!

Society and societies have let free/walk…violent criminals against humanity and basic compassion.

Think about it where is Today’s society taking me… to peace, joy, happiness, life?!…

No, a violent, non-compassionate, self-serving society is one I will balk!… and I choose to remain politically neutral and a conscientious objector

I will continue to spiritually fight with all my might to NOT conform!!!…I invite You Reader:) to flee from the elements of society that are hurting Humanity, You and the Planet… namely, false religion, fake government, materialism, and commercialism/big business!

As previous societies have past/passed away..so, this current-present society will end… who will survive??!…

The END of Framework (Part 1)

The END of Framework (Part 2)

End of Framework (Part 3)

Further context IF needed:

The GREATEST MAN Lives For SO MUCH MORE…:)

The GREATEST MAN Who Ever Lived: Killed! (Part 1?)

Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

Loving the GREATEST MAN who EVER Lived (aka part 2 of previous post)

Where are You Taking Me? (You’ll See!)

11/13/17 @ 3:33 p.m.

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Exclusivity Rights and FAIR Use

had an epiphany of sorts…tonight…watching of all things “Shark Tank”…w/Hubby & Kids…

a couple exiting after a deal-made…hubby & wifey happily hugged…and a shark made a remark about her hugging Hubby instead of him/shark…to which the husband piped up/asserted laughingly and said…”i have exclusivity rights!”  The hug-less Shark snickered and shut-up.

businesses and contracts and various works, etc…have “legal” exclusivity rights and of course, Fair Use…is involved…

relationships are works!…(they take a lot of Work (and some more than Others, eh?) …works in progress/progression and it is only “logical” that some of these have exclusivity rights…(attached).

 

Isn’t it the “Just”-ice type (fair) thing to do…Respect People’s Rights… to/of exclusivity??

 

7/19/17 @ 8:39 p.m.

published 8/10/17 @ 9:46 a.m.

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How SAD–Stepping/Stomping on “Human” Rights…

Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life have Fundamental “Human” Rights of Respect!…etc…You step/stomp on One, You step/stomp on All-of-Us-Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Fragile-Life deserving of dignity, respect, love, appreciation, peace, freedom!

The Order of Parental Glory…(check it out:)…excerpted…Jw.org Newsroom:

The Order of “Parental Glory” was instituted by presidential decree in May 2008. Russia awards this honor to parents who have raised at least seven children and have shown extraordinary care for their family’s health and education, as well as their physical, mental, and moral development. Families awarded the Order are considered models that strengthen the family institution.

NEW YORK—On May 31, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of “Parental Glory” to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah’s Witnesses from Karelia, who raised eight children, during a ceremony in Moscow at the Kremlin.

Newsweek article…

“Families like yours, large and full of generous parental love, embody centuries-old traditions of empathy and kindness, show through their example that no obstacles stand before the desire to act constructively and do good, and offer beacons for those reflecting on their own choice of future road,” Putin said at the ceremony.

“We view this award as an acknowledgment that the free Bible education provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses helps parents and their children to be productive citizens not only in Russia but all over the world,” David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters in New York, said in a statement last week. “We hope that this award presented by President Putin is considered on July 17, 2017, when the Russian Supreme Court reviews the decision to liquidate the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.” [excerpted article: JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES IN RUSSIA RECEIVE PARENTING AWARDS FROM PUTIN, SPARKING HOPE ON BAN APPEAL Newsweek]

“Extremist??”…uh-huh, extremely kind, extremely compassionate, extremely peaceful, extremely hard working…Oh, and extremely educated! 🙂

12:03 p.m. 7/17/17

p.s. the Spanish/Russian Videos have watched in English…positive/favorable remarks so, hoping translations are “accurate” in Russian. {Don’t have link at the moment for English translation.}

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WHY???

why

did

i have to become

“aware”

of

YOU!

why can’t i just go about my business, my life…and forget about you!!

though,

you know

you can’t help it, can ya?? (nope)

bunnies can’t help being bunnies (fluffy/cuddly)

and

crocodiles can’t help being crocodiles (snappy)

and

snakes

snakes

and butterflies, butterflies

would it be nice IF i could just FLY away……………………………………………………………..ugh.

flowers can’t help being flowers (fragrant)

and plants, plants

and

doggies, doggies and

cats, cats

and

ants…

everybody’s hungry, thirsty, whatever, whatever…

spiritually, physically and emotionally/mentally

i sound so arrogant!…i know (aka understand to some degree) compassionately caring/and/or giving is another word for “privilege.” Cause the capacity to care (help) be aware…on a deeper level…(i think) springs from a vast (spiritual) wealth.

5/5/17 @ 9:29 p.m.

 

believe me, i am really nothing

(just caring (may be cause i can)/doing what i should be)

and maybe i should being doing MORE…(being kind-er to all kinds, etc) justice means…compassion; (i think/feel.)

5/5/17 @ 9:33 p.m.

God, just writing this (post)…i am? so self-absorbed..i am making myself sick.

(This life is not about me.) 9:36 p.m.

 

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Senselessness

Senseless suffering of fellow-fragile-life…earth-wide has me sad at the moment and i’m fighting tears…the “temporary” nature of it all brings me solace.

Look around, look around…You don’t have to look too far or too wide to see the injury fellow humans inflict on each other constantly (physically or psychologically, etc.).

Can we all stop! Get along! Show Love and Compassion. And “try” to forgive.

(We would all feel so much better…and cry less.) and maybe–Laugh More:)

No matter what our pain, or plight…Couldn’t we all use a JUST hero?!…who compassionately pleads/works tirelessly…for all of us including the cause of the lowly, the lost, the burned and the maimed, the forgotten and the unpopular, the powerless, and helpless, and hungry, and “for whoever has no helper”…

4/8/17 @ 9:11 p.m.

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Now: March 25, 2017

Now & Then…(interesting words/times)

“Remember that there is only one important time and it is Now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making that person, the one standing at you side, happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.” Tolstoy

Be brave, be compassionate..Now! is the Time to Act. Be kind to All-Fellow-Fragile-Life and try to do the right thing anyway (aka unselfish)! Then…do it again tomorrow..IF it comes for me/You;) And sleep with Peace and without regret tonight.

(contemplations of a worrier (or is it warrior?? of compassion-lol;)))

3/25/17 @ 7:39 p.m.

 

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I know YOU CAN…

DANCE!
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, WHY You sitting???

Get up and M-o-V-e!!!:)

However, become doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves with false reasoning.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, this one is like a man looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, and he goes away and immediately forgets what sort of person he is. But the one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does. (James 1:22-25)

You know what you gotta do:  move it, Work It!:)

Happy Dancing…always.

Extolling Jehovah/Yahweh, Moses wrote: “The Rock, perfect is his activity, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice; righteous and upright is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:3,4) Every expression of Jehovah’s justice is flawless–never too lenient, never too harsh. ~excerpted Drawing Close to Jehovah

Check it Out: Excerpted from Barry Rice http://www.sarracenia.com/astronomy/remotesensing/physics040.html

– a scientist in love with the Earth and stars –


A beam of light that contains a broad, smooth distribution of photon wavelengths is called a “continuum spectrum.” This spectrum is familiar as the broad wash of colors in a rainbow. The figure above graphs intensity (the number of photons at each wavelength) vs. wavelength for a hypothetical continuum spectrum. Notice the line is smooth and continuous–hence the name, continuum spectrum. The rainbow-like bar of color shows how the visible portion of such a spectrum appears.

Continuum spectra are produced by the thermal energy of the radiating source.

Say we were to graph…our personal justice intensity aka warmth/compassion/thermal energy…where do we fall along this continuum spectrum of “never too lenient, never too harsh” ???

Do our daily dealings put us in the middle of “never too lenient, never too harsh” ?

Am I one extreme or another: too lenient or too harsh?

Am I completely free from bias or favoritism regardless of social standing, color of skin, gender or country?

Am I swayed by outer appearance or wealth or bribe?

Is my sense of justice restricted to an elite few?

Do I exercise compassion/justice “never too lenient, never too harsh” to every sort of breathing-fragile-life that may cross my path daily?

Are all my ways justice??

Although the Hebrew word for “fatherless boy” is in the masculine gender, this in no way suggests a lack of concern for girls. Jehovah included in the Law an account about a judicial decision that guaranteed an inheritance for the fatherless daughters of Zelophehad. That ruling established a precedent, thus upholding the rights of fatherless girls. Numbers 27:1-8.

Jehovah himself became their fatherly Judge and Protector, the “one executing judgment for the fatherless boy and the widow.” (Deuteronomy 10:18; Psalm 68:5; Psalm 68:5) Jehovah warned the Israelites that if they victimized defenseless women and children, he would unfailingly hear the outcry of such ones. He states: “My anger will indeed blaze.” (Exodus 22:22-24) While anger is not one of Jehovah’s dominant qualities, he is provoked to righteous indignation by deliberate acts of injustice, especially when victims are the lowly and the helpless. (Psalm 103:6)

* Hoping to never lose…certain things (not talking material possessions whatsoever) & certain people & certain justice in my life…hoping You’re dancing or will give it a try…:)

Don’t shoo the morning flies away

nor swat mosquitoes in the evening.

Between the two, they fill the world.

So many, should you fight them all?

And yet, how short a time they live.

While they last, give in and let them bite you.

October, and a cold wind wipes them out.

You don’t remember then they ever were.

Han Yu (768-824)

Translated from the Chinese by Kenneth O. Hanson

Dancing to the intensity (of agape/compassion…such is my fragile bug-like existence.)

 

*published/lived 8/22/14

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