Relationships

Theory

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.

Practice

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.

More Practice

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 needed.

Foundation

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.