There was an old commercial played years back for a word game called Mad Gab.  In the game, there would be words printed on a card that did not seem to be related, but if spoken correctly with the right emphasis, it would be obvious that the words sounded phonetically like a completely different phrase that would be fairly common.  In the commercial, the words on the card read “eye mull of mush sheen.”  Different people during the commercial would struggle to determine what phrase the words formed phonetically.  Finally, they would figure out that the phrase was, “I’m a love machine.”  This is a fairly common phrase that I’ve heard on television shows, movies, or even songs such as the 1976 hit by the Miracles, “I’m Just a Love Machine” sung here on this video on the show Soul Train.  Of course, the phrase in the song and on other media refers to romantic love, suggesting that the speaker or singer of the phrase is able to love without ceasing just as if he or she were a machine without limitations instead of a normal person with frailties and weaknesses.

Of course, it is a nice romantic notion to suggest that anyone could have so much love for their spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend, but we all know that there are limitations for any person’s capability to love.  We all have our good days and bad days in which we are not as loving as we could be or should be toward that person.  But then, real love is more than just the emotional feelings that we have which can wax and wane day-to-day depending on what struggles we have, how tired we may be, how sick or well we are, etc.  Sure, emotions are part of the equation, but real love must also include a higher commitment, a devotion of heart and will to that person.  If we really love them, we are committed, as the marriage vows promise, “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”  Such love is a more transcendent form that tries to imitate the greatest love, the heavenly love of our Father in Heaven, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit who love us sacrificially, day-in and day-out, no matter what we do.

It is such a love that we aspire to while on this earth to our spouses, to our children, to our parents, to our siblings, to all our family members, and to every person that God brings us into contact with.  Of course, such a love is impossible for any human to do in his or her own power.  In fact, we can do nothing good for God or others under our own power.  We need the power of God to give us the capability to love continuously and sacrificially, to be “love machines” channeling and emulating the love of our Amazing, Faithful, and Boundlessly Loving God in Heaven.  Moreover, we not only need His power to love this way, but we also need His constant teaching and training every single day which changes our nature from within and makes us more like Him every day, able to love the way He does.  In the beginning, we truly do not know what real love is, the kind of unselfish, sacrificial love spoken of throughout the Bible, manifested in Jesus’ sacrifice of His everything on the cross, and explicated so poetically in 1 Corinthians 13:  “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”

More on this tomorrow.  I pray that God will give you the power and the spiritual insight to love more like Him every day.

 


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10/27/2016 5:27am

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11/01/2016 7:52am

This is temporary life , but the Transcendent life is actually the heaven life which is eternal and a reward of good deeds that we have done.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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