What Is True Love?

Updated: Mar 21

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.


The man said, ‘I want to see.’ –@CoolDudeMark 10:51 #biblestudy

People do not know what True Love is.


They think it’s a passionate feeling, a deep flame within that makes them want to grab on to someone or something and never let go.


But that is a mistake.


True Love is seeing someone as they are, and accepting every part, without trying to change them, and without expecting anything in return.


True Love is every person being their deepest, truest selves—accepting every flaw and still wildly loving.


It is not about clinging, grasping on, or trying to control. It is not about need.


Need is a sure way to false love.


Need is a very different thing than trust.


And trust is the way to go.


(Trust is the way of Jesus.)


Moving through life with a center of love is about recognizing the beauty in every person and not trying to hold on to anything, but freely giving away. And when you do, you see the abundance that underlies all things, the spirit and nature of giving that abounds. We all take care of each other.


We are called to take care of each other. (That is the way of Jesus.)


Give your love away without expectation, and you will get that love in return.


Do you believe it?


Try.


Clinging, stinginess—that is the devil. That is when you slip away from God.


But those who offer up help, who come to the aid of others? That is God in action. And it doesn’t matter whether they go to church, what political party they vote for, what they have done in the past.


God presents Herself to you in each moment of every day. In each moment, you have everything you need, everything that was intended for you in that moment. And when you trust in that, and act in that, and have faith in that, you will believe.


This world is one community. Atonement means “at-one-ment.” We make up one body, the body of the anointed one, who exists in everything. It is not enough to say this, or to preach it to others, or to suggest you believe. If you believe, you must act it out, and see what takes place.


It will change your life.


So test it out, this central teaching of Jesus, that we are all one body, that you must love your neighbor as yourself.


Be kind, be loving, give and receive. Break bread with someone new. Buy something for someone you don’t know and offer it to them with no expectation of anything in return. Or give something away that you’ve been clinging on to, and feel the release of love, like cool water, surrender itself throughout your body.


See how living this way makes you feel.


Imagine how it would be if the whole world, especially Christians, acted this way.

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