Your prime directive from Jesus is to love the Lord with all your heart, mind,
soul, and strength; and to Love your neighbor as yourself...
We've already discovered that Jesus is in every heart. In some hearts, Jesus
is resurrected, and in some hearts, Jesus is crucified, dead, and buried.
But nonetheless, Jesus is in every heart. The Lord has given you relationships.
Sometimes he has given you difficult relationships. Sometimes he gives you enemies.
But you can be certain that the Lord has given you every relationship so that
you can learn to love with God's Love..
Your natural mind is full of self, full of 'What's in it for me?', full of the
world's fear, uncertainty, and doubt that gradually fills your feelings.. But
your spiritual mind is full of God's Love, and desires to bless those around
you. If you habitually dwell in your natural mind, your relationships will be
tainted with 'Me first!', with fear, uncertainty, and doubt.. But if you habitually
dwell in your new mind, you will see everyone through God's eyes of Love.
If Jesus is to be our example, we are to offer ourselves as a sacrifice to Christ-in-every-heart.
*Please* do not try to do this... But pray the Lord flows offering and sacrifice
out of your heart.
I think this will have a dramatic effect on your relationships.
This is a walking around meditation: Get in the presence. Pray the Lord is
Love in you. Think of your self as an offering and a sacrifice to every
soul around you. Repeat as needed.
Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Worship the Lord.
If any thoughts distract you, ignore them and continue worshiping. Repeat as
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said
unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all
thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And
the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these
two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 25:31-45 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw
we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw
we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw
we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and
say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of
the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also
unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,
prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me
no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took
me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited
me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred,
or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister
unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch
as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given
himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.