The Love Chapter

During times like these in which it is so easy for some people to hate others who are different from themselves or have different political, religious, or ethical standards. But we need to remember that God made us all. Some were given certain talents or skills or wisdom or physical or mental abilities. But those differences should not be used to divide us. We need to appreciate those differences and learn from those who are different from us instead of putting them in the proverbial “Box” to be hated, judged, or segregated from ourselves.

Everyone is on their own path with their own level of understanding or spiritual growth. I learned by observing my own spiritual, emotional, and mental growth that I didin’t start out as a 70 year old woman; I started out as a baby, learning the basics of physical development.

Then as I grew some more I began to understand emotional behaviors, and how to deal with them. Then as a teeneager I learned more adult skills. Then as a wife I learned how to have a husband and family. I couldn’t have done that as a child. So these parts of life had to wait for me to grow into them.

Likewise some people are on different planes of understanding and growth both emotionally and spiritually. Likewise people from different cultures and countries may have a different outlook on God, Spirit, or Creator. God reaches people in the best ways they can understand Him/Her. You wouldn’t be angry at a child who didn’t understand God. So why would you judge someone who had different beliefs from yours?

Nothing will get better until we learn to love our Creator and all of his Children, Red, White, Black or whatever race, sexual orientation, or religious belief.. or political beliefs. We are all at different stages of growth, spritually. And in case you haven’t noticed, people change at different speeds depending on the life they have and their ability or exposure to spiritual teachings.

I don’t understand how some people can hate others enough to kill them, enslave them, use them for their own goals, murder in cold blood, or hurt someone else on purpose. We need to do better or our children’s children will have more danger, hate, and crimes than we have faced. Things just don’t seem to be getting better when someone kills students at a school; sets bombs homes and even hospitals, killing children, killing strangers, stealing money from the aged and elderly with scams and selfishness.

I worry about our grandchildren’s future if things don’t get better soon. If pollution doesn’t stop there will be even more problems that I am not even speaking too. Please care for our world, for she is what gives us the elemental things we need to survive. Love each other and treasure our differences and learn from each other. Everyone has something to learn and teach.

I used to be judgmental of others in my classes in school. I was very conscientious and tried hard to do the right things. I looked down on others who were not behaving well in class or who weren’t studying or trying to learn. Now I look back and wonder what kind of home life or support did some of them have from their parents. Were their parents working hard to support them and teaching by example about responsibility. Growing up helped me understand that not everyone has a loving family like I did. Therefore, how could I judge others when I didn’t even know what they were going through. The “Love” chapter changed my life and my heart.

The Way of Love (English Standard Version)

I Corinthians, 13

1 .If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Try to put yourself in the other people’s shoes and look at life they way they do to understand them.


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