Celebrate love that is all around us

 

I’m enjoying spiritual resources on love, companionship and marriage  in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

And I appreciate the cards and Facebook status’ I’ve seen, which show that today is more than a romantic holiday, but really an opportunity to celebrate the love that is around us all the time.

One person on Facebook wrote “enjoy all whom you love and realize their love comes from God.”  Folks are enjoying dinner with families and I’ve appreciated Valentine’s Day cards from church and family members.

 

The Bible says that “God is love” (in fact, John 4 is pretty much a chapter on love), and when we see that there isn’t love that is separate from Him, then we know that love has to be honest, just and pure.  Perhaps you are dealing with a false sense of love – a relationship that includes dependency, insecurity or violence.  We never have to earn love; it is freely given to us by God.  God loves us unconditionally, abundantly and provides us with that which is pure and good.  God is our real Mother and Father who is giving us infinite blessings including companionship.

It’s interesting that the first two “great commandments” both include love: to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22).  You might say this is a true Valentine’s Day wish! 🙂

 

And, of course, I Corinthians 13 is a great description of what real love is and what it does (not the Hollywood kind) and is worth a perusal.

 

Here are some spiritual articles and resources I’m enjoying.

 

A ‘union of hearts’—where harmony in marriage blooms by Kevin Graunke offers insights on how to value your home and spouse.  The author refers to Paul’s statement in the Bible “be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:22-24, Amplified Bible).

 

In addition, there is an audio chat tonight with two people who prayed about marriage before they met.  There will be a diverse range of ideas about being single, dealing with pressures from family or friends to be married, meeting the “right” one, and being married.  Listen in and/or ask a question!

 

This is a live event at 9pm EST (8pm CST, 7pm MST, 6pm PST), and you can join here.  If you can’t make it tonight, it will be archived and you will be able to replay it in a couple of days.

 

 

I hope you will feel love that is filling all space — spiritual, divine Love; the  love that is enduring, eternal and unconditional.  We are the expression of this Love.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

Finding companionship spiritually

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Recently, in my prayers, I ask “What would make me feel better?”

 

There are many ways to pray but this is an interesting idea that has come to me.

 

When I respond to the question “what would make me feel better”, the answer is generally spiritual things.

 

For instance, if you’re having relationship troubles, you might think, “what would make me feel better”, and the answer may be: companionship, a more harmonious relationship, feeling loved, or more patience and affection.  The wonderful thing is that all of these are attained spiritually.  They are inherent in our relationship with God.  Which means they are already present within us.

 

The Bible says, “For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel;” (KJV Isa. 54:5) So really it is God, our Best Friend, Husband, Redeemer, who is supporting us, never leaves us and always sees the best in us.

 

St. John says that God is Love itself.  (John 4:8)  This implies that God is the one and only Source.

 

And elsewhere in the Bible it says, “…in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).  So can we ever be separated from Love or outside the realm of it?

 

No.

 

“…Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God” (Rom 8:35).

 

So where does this feeling of loss or a lack of love come from?  The carnal mind, which Paul says is hostile or resistant to God.

 

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law – indeed it cannot…” (NRSV Rom 8:5-8)

 

We discover this “mind” is an enemy to us – to our happiness and health. Our inherent spiritual nature is childlike, innocent, free, totally fulfilled and content each moment.  Spirit supplies all that It’s offspring needs, and this reflection has to be as satisfied and complete as the Source is.

 

So let’s put away any sense of lack, loss, confusion or impatience with the help of the law of Love, the nature of Spirit, which says that all is happy and complete and free today.