Love Intercepted

May 3, 2013 at 3:11 am (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , )

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John 13:34 ~ Yeshua (Jesus) speaking…

“I Am giving you a new command; that you keep on loving each other. In the same way that I have loved you, you are also to keep on loving each other.”

Luke 6:27 ~ Yeshua speaking…

Nevertheless, to you who are listening, what I say is this:
Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Concerning love for the brothers we do not need to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other;

1 John 4:10; 21

Here is what love is: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the kapparah (pardon) for our sins.

Yes, this is the command we have from Him: whoever loves God must love His brother too.

***Notice how it changes everything to capitalize the h in the last his. Meaning God’s brother, which makes them ours…all!***

And now will come in all the arguments out of which the man tried in vain before to build a stair up to the sunny heights of love.

Ah, brother! Thou hast a soul like mine,” he will say. “Out of thine eyes thou lookest, and sights and sounds and odours visit thy soul as mine, with wonder and tender comforting. Thou too loves the faces of thy neighbors. Thou art oppressed with thy sorrows, uplifted with thy joys. Perhaps thou knowest not so well as I, that a region of gladness surrounds all thy grief, of light all thy darkness, of peace all thy tumult. Oh, my brother! I will love thee. I cannot come very near thee: I will love thee the more. It may be thou dost not love thy neighbor; it may be thou thinkest only how to get from him, how to gain by him. How lonely then must thou be! How shut up in thy poverty-stricken room, with the bare walls of thy selfishness, and the hard couch of thy unsatisfaction! I will love thee the more. Thou shalt not be alone with thyself. Thou art not me; thou art another life – a second self; therefore I can, may, and will love thee.”

This love of our neighbor is the only door out of the dungeon of self, where we mope and mow, striking sparks, and rubbing phosphorescences out of the walls, and blowing our own breath in our own nostrils, instead of issuing to the fair sunlight of God, the sweet winds of the universe. The man thinks his consciousness is him/her-self; whereas his Life consist in the inbreathing of God, and the consciousness of the universe of Truth. To have him/her-self, to know him/her-self, to enjoy him/her-self, they call life; whereas, if he/she would forget him/her-self, tenfold would be their Life in God and His neighbors. The region of mans life is a spiritual region. God, friends, neighbors, brothers/sisters all, is the wide world in which alone their spirit can find room. Him/her-self is their dungeon. If they feel it not now, they will yet feel it one day – feel it as a living soul would feel being prisoned in a dead body, wrapped in sevenfold cerements, and buried in a stone-ribbed vault within the last ripple of the sound of the chanting people in the church above. Their life is not knowing that they live, but in loving all forms of life. We are made for All, for God, who is the All, in our life. And the essential joy of our life lies abroad in the liberty of the All. His delights, like those of the Ideal Wisdom, are with the sons of men. Our health is in the body of which the Son of Man is the head. The whole region of life is open to Him – we must live in it or perish.

And what shall we say of the man Christ Jesus? Who, that loves His brother, would not, upheld by the love of Christ, and with a dim hope that in the far-off time there might be some help for him, arise from the company of the blessed, and walk down into the dismal regions of despair, to sit with the last, the only unredeemed, the Judas of his race, and be Himself more blessed in the pains of hell, knowing that one of His kind, one miserable brother in old-world time when men were taught to love their neighbors as themselves, was howling unheeded far below in the vaults of the creation, who, I say, would not feel that they must arise, that they had no choice, that, awful as it was, they must gird their loins, and go down into the smoke and the darkness and the fire, travelling the weary and fearful road into the far country to find His brother? Who, I mean, that had the mind of Christ, that has the love of the Father…will not follow Him who has charted the course and put out the fires, follow His love into the regions of their own new heart to love one with the old?

Thus shall a man lose the consciousness of well-being. Far deeper and more complete, God and His neighbor will flash it back upon him – pure as Life. No more will we agonize “with sick assay” to generate it in the light of our own decadence. For we shall know the glory of our own being in the Light of God and His brother.

We may have begun to love our neighbor, with the hope of ere long loving him as ourselves, and notwithstanding start back affrighted at yet another word of our Lord, seeming to be another law yet harder than the first, although in Truth it is not another, for without obedience to it the former cannot be attained unto. We have not yet learned to love our neighbor as ourselves when our hearts sink within us at the Word, “I say unto you, Love your enemies”

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~~Taken in excerpts from George MacDonald in Unspoken Sermons # 1. All emphasis mine.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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2 Comments

  1. Rob Barkman said,

    Thanks for sharing this posting. “This love of our neighbor is the only door out of the dungeon of self, where we mope and mow, striking sparks, and rubbing phosphorescences out of the walls, and blowing our own breath in our own nostrils, instead of issuing to the fair sunlight of God, the sweet winds of the universe. ” WOW!! He certainly said a mouthful.

    Lord bless you.

    Like

    • buttrflygrl14 said,

      Lol! I find myself saying WOW! To Brother MacDonald a lot!! Glad it blessed you Brother Barkman :-). God be with you…

      Like

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