Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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At this point, in my studies, I’ve found only three universally true character qualities that exist today and have the possibility of changing the people and the world around you. They are Wisdom, Love, and Grace. None of these character qualities can be used for evil, only for good! Yesterday, I shared some thoughts about seeking the power of WISDOM.
Today, seeking the power of LOVE. For years, it’s been clear to me that the most fundamental need of everyone is “to love and be loved”. David Viscott, an American psychiatrist said it best: To love and to be loved is to feel the sun from two sides. The powerful warmth of love expressed and received is irreplaceable. There’s nothing like it and nothing communicates a message more purely or clearly than the touch of love.
When I spent thousands of hours as a therapist or pastor, I realized quickly that the most important thing I could do was to communicate love. The formula for winning in the counseling session is 90% I CARE and 10% I KNOW SOME THINGS THAT MIGHT HELP. In his letter to the followers of Jesus in Corinth, Paul spelled it out brilliantly: If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. (I Corinthians 13:1-3)
When you lead with love, you activate something that the God of gods does best! It’s initiating unconditional love toward anyone and everyone, each and every day! Try it and watch each person’s reaction. You are stirring up a revolution-a revolution of love! No one, nowhere, can resist this! SO, when in doubt, always lead out with love. Seek the power of love! It’s irresistible!