reply to post by tetra50
It's still not that complicated.
When Jesus said to love your enemy, He didn't say that it would be easy, or that you would feel like doing it at first. But to desire to do whatever
you can for your enemy, as if they were your family, is what you need to develop. Desire is something that you can choose. Whatever you change your
heart, mind, and soul to focus upon, that is where the attention will be.
Love is a matter of attention, simply put.
Wherever your attention is, that is where your heart, mind, and soul are. That is where the love is.
If God is love, and we are made in God's image, then we are the embodiment of love.
Therefore, wherever our attention is, that is where our love is.
So therefore, if we are to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul, then where should our attention be?
If we cannot serve God and mammon, then we have further proof that love cannot be divided; for wherever love is, that is where it rests.
If we are told we are to love God, and also to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to love our enemies; therefore, to love God means to love our
neighbors and our enemies.
If we are to love our neighbors and our enemies as we love ourselves, then simply put, our attention must be focused upon people.
If we are focused upon anything other people, then we are wrong. *edit to add that this does not trump focusing on God. But rather, that God's works
are focused on people. We focus on God, and He directs us to focus on the people of His choosing. But our work is people.
Now the love that we have for people is based upon concepts, ideals, powers, forces, whatever you will call them. The love we have for people is not
a feeling. Happiness can arise from love, and so, as you said, can hurt.
Since love encompasses a variety of emotions, love itself is not an emotion. Therefore, love is our focus. And however our focus treats us will
define how we emotionally respond.
For wherever your focus is, that is where your desire is.
If your desires are not meet with your hopes, then you will be disappointed.
If your desires are meet with your hopes, then you will enjoy them.
It does not go beyond desire, except that it is a choice. If anyone tells you that they cannot help but love somebody, this is false. They cannot
help the emotion they feel because of the way in which the desires manifest. But they can change the desire.
If you say to yourself, "I cannot help but love that girl." Then what you are actually saying is, "I choose not to alter my desire from that girl.
Because my focus is on her, I feel these range of emotions. I cannot help but feel these range of emotions for that girl."
But how many times have you heard someone say that they are in love with someone or something, and then change their mind the next day?
Because something that better matched their desires happened upon them.
So there is where their love lies.
So once again, the true question is, "What is desire?"
You say that when one has all that they need, they no longer have desire.
Have you not witnessed the bottomless pit of the heart? It cannot be satisfied with anything in this world. If it could, there would be no war! The
hypothetical is pointless to argue because it doesn't exist.
Unless you account for God.
If your desire is to a eternal being, then how could you possibly ever be unsatisfied? Regardless of the outcome. You will have a wide variety of
emotions, surely. You will have doubts.
Do we not have doubts about everything we desire? We are weak.
But to focus our attention upon all things that are tomorrow cast into the oven is utterly pointless. Things that die and go away, why do they
deserve our attention? They don't.
Necessity has nothing to do with desire, except that necessity is something which can be desired.
But I do not desire money, but it is a necessity for some of us.
I do not desire a house, but I desire that my family is happy. And yet their happiness cannot pervade me. It is given to them to feel individually,
and to me to feel mine individually. It is shared through communication.
I do not desire anything at all except for God.
Now if God says to love our neighbors and love our enemies, then that is my desire. How many can say that they desire to love their enemies? But
they feign it, to save face, because their desire is to be guarded, not vulnerable. Their desire is to be above, not below.
So then what is it to love our neighbors and feed our enemies? Jesus showed us. The world believes a lie. They, and the present churches, say that
to love is to give all that you have to the poor constantly, or to pray for them, and to always be gentle, and kind, and generous, and to judge
But that is because the world takes whatever suits itself for its own benefit. Satan well uses the words of God for his benefit as well.
But Jesus showed us what love is. That man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. And Jesus scolded,
and rebuked, and admonished, as much as He healed all.
edit on 4/10/2013 by TarzanBeta because: Elaboration.