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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love"
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:34-35
Getting “Back to the Basics” is simply a reset button in life that closes all of the extra programs that we have left up and running, and returns us to the main menu. Like a computer, we get too many windows open, too many apps working, and we overload our memories with undo stress until we experience frustration, fatigue, and failure. A simple reset can refocus us on the things that are most important, like love. Love is what sets the Christian apart from the world and identifies him with Jesus. Love is very difficult to define because it is not a thing, it is an action. Furthermore, love is also a non-action.
What is love?
It is silence--when your words would hurt.
It is patience--when your neighbor's curt.
It is deafness--when a scandal flows.
It is thoughtfulness--for other's woes.
It is promptness--when stern duty calls.
It is courage--when misfortune falls.
During this week of Valentine’s Day, do a check-up on your love life. Are you loving others as you should? Are you saying the right things to one another, and refraining to say the wrong things? No matter how far things have gone in your relationships, it is never too late for love!
I read about a woman who visited Dr. Crane, a psychiatrist. She expressed her hatred for her husband, and told Dr. Crane, "I want to hurt him all I can!”
"Well, in that case," said Dr. Crane, "I advise you to start showering him with compliments. When you have become indispensable to him, when he thinks you love him devotedly, then start the divorce action. That is the way to hurt him." Some months later the wife returned to report that all was going well. She had followed the suggested course.
"Good," said Dr. Crane. "Now's the time to file for divorce."
"Divorce!" the woman said indignantly. "Never! I love my husband dearly!"
It's time for a reset! Get “Back to the Basics” in your love for one another!