Faces Of Love

The faces of love are diversified and sustain all good things. Love unites people to live harmoniously. It’s the greatest creative force with which people are endowed. Loving calls for unblemished, pure, and sincere hearts. We sense this when people are joyful. They light up and express their faithfulness. This is the foundation of authentic love. An early Christian theologian, philosopher, and bishop, Saint Augustine (354 – 430) described faith this way: “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the rewards of this faith is to see what you believe.”

Evangelistic Love

Evangelistic love is one of friendship. It’s the light that shines brightly when people meet. This flame fills their hearts and souls. It’s the expression of God’s deep love for us. Christians who project this love believe in having these heavenly gifts with all their heart. They have discovered the full meaning of love for all things. Saints that proselytize become more matured as they grow in love. In encountering others, a communion develops centered on Christ. This comes through helping the poor in our midst. These yearning souls find themselves with new hearts as they encounter the living Christ. Most have humble hearts and their actions are based on faith. Roman Catholic religious sister and Noble Prize winner St. Teresa (1910 -1971) remarked, “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

Communication of Love

Let’s plan on loving in the right way. Be sure to demonstrate love which reaches out to all. This becomes greatest when transformations in families occur with neighbors, friends, and those we greet on the highways and byways of life. It’s this caring which comes from being with those we love. This approach we must hold up like a burning torch in our daily walk with Christ. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948), leader of Indian independence movement in British ruled India, observed, “It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow beings.”

Love of Life

Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900), Irish author, playwright, and poet, remarked, “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” Self love that doesn’t extend itself to others isn’t good. Love ought to be steadfast, in promoting what’s best in the world, by touching those who are unloved and isolated. Let us love our brothers and sisters and show them we really have their interests at heart. We experience joy when our hearts burn when we reach out to the the elderly and forgotten. Our goals must be in professing love at all cost. Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969), Japanese artist and founder of the martial art of aikido, wrote, “Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.” These sprouts are expressions of a special kind. Undoubtedly, love’s profundity can only be found in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit.

Unspeakable Praise

With God there’s unspeakable exultation. Join the angelic chorus in praising him and raise your voices with all your might. Be like thunder when you exclaim, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” Let these be the mightiest sounds you make. Praise him in humility as the supreme ruler for his everlasting goodness of creation. Do homage to the Almighty who is the truth. He alone is our merciful Father.

St. Augustine (354 – 430 A.D.), an early Christian theologian and philosopher, whose writings have influenced Western Christianity, remarked, “O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”

Heavenly Happiness

Let your songs be known before his throne. Like the heavenly voices proclaim on earth your adoration of his holy name. Praise him like roaring waters which are mighty and fervent. Lift up your voices for the common good of mankind by bringing the good news to all. In touching his spotless face you’ll never tire in quest for holiness.

King Solomon (848 B.C. – 796 B.C.), King of Israel and son of David, remarked, “Kindness and faithfulness keep a king safe, through kindness his throne is made secure.” Solomon in seeking this happiness was considered one of the wisest men who ever lived.

Fervency of Praise

Day and night as we praise God, miracles happen. Play music on harps, rejoicing in the Lamb, exalting his goodness, blessedness, and kindness. Let your sounds flowing forth, be sweetened with excellent melodies. The Spirit of truth is sublimely present and your desire to do good never fades.

Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011), pioneer of the personal computer revolution, observed, “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and everyone should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with our life.” He chose the computer and worked miracles with it. Everyone however is able to accomplish a great deal just by praising the Creator of the Universe.

Excited in Praise

Exalting the Almighty calls for constant action. In praising him you’ll be giving credence to the universe’s goodness, holiness, and highest good. Plato (428/427 or 424/423 B.C. – 348/347 B.C.), Greek philosopher and mathematician, wrote, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Whether through strings, chords, cymbals, drums, or human voices, let sounds elevate us to profound levels of blessings. These are simply amazing and indescribable benefits we gain in praising our Lord.

Authoritative Experiences

God is the ultimate for giving authoritative experiences. It’s true that there are a number of charismatic leaders, but for them to make an impact on society, they must be agents of the Living God. Some of these leaders are anointed and divine leaders. But to be truly authoritative is to be blessed with grace. Most priests are such agents, known for their good works and services. The Old and New Testaments testify for those blessed as rightful speakers of God.

Billy Graham (b. 1918), evangelical Christian ordained as a Southern Baptist minister, observes, “The highest form of worship is the worship of the unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.” Graham recognizes those with authoritative callings and services.

Experiences of Inspiration

Some Christians have experienced the workings of this divine power. These are often compelling and move them to testify about the wonders of Christ. Those having contemplative spirits attest to this truth, pulling down strongholds of wickedness, and using prayers as weapons of the Spirit. Such persons are generous, full of fervor, exemplify good gifts, justice, and peace.

Jensen Ackles (b. 1978), actor and director, writes, “What I enjoy most is the traveling to different places and meeting new people. For me, it’s all about life experiences, and I’m very grateful that acting allows me so many interesting and fulfilling ones.” Ackles is able to find such inspiration through meeting people.

Charismatic Prophets

For charismatic prophets, it’s a blessing to have spirits of ecstasy. These are known for their utterances and lives inspired by God. In their lives of immense responsibilities the rewards are great. To be such recipients persons must have the right spirit touching lives with the Word. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926 – 2004), Swiss-American psychiatrist, remarked, “I think that modern medicine has become like a prophet offering a life free of pain. It is nonsense. The only thing I know that truly heals people is unconditional love.” For her, a true prophet must show unconditional love.

Experiences of Divine Power

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), German-born theoretical physicist, wrote, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Truly great minds are known for their divine authentication. Some are blessed with the spirit of prophecy and influence believers and non-believers alike. These are the believers who the Spirit take root in. Their sole objectives are to present God’s truth based on the Gospels.

O Eternal Light!

The traits of experiences and inspiration are assuring gifts. They are revealed within us by light. With God’s divine power we will radiate love which comes through his power. It is ecstatic when we are called angels of light. Such love may begin as flickers and explode into engulfing flames which reach out to envelop others.

God Enlightens

We shall say, “O eternal light, you have crowned us with your glory.” Being agents of God we are caught up in the spirit with his anointing. We can then declare like Pope Francis (b. 1936), Bishop of Rome and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, “I believe in God – not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God, and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.” God’s presence enlightens our humble minds. We are therefore blessed with his charismatic anointing of magnificent light.

Gift of Light

A gift of light will greet us to become authoritative speakers for God. We reveal this truth which fills every aspect of our mortal being when we proclaim the authoritative Word of God. Like the Gospels we are blessed with prophetic utterances and become like stars mirroring his light. The world is alighted with our presence, and experiences our works. This is faith poured out for us to enjoy life. Abraham Lincoln (1809 -1865), 16th President of the United States, explained, “I am bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” Lincoln didn’t really abandon his friends. When they were wrong he was sure to correct them to see the light.

The Holy Spirit

The gifts of the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts. It is the spirit’s role to bring us out of darkness into light. Lift up the Words of God which do this. These are his light. We must be bathed with his delight by experiencing the wonders of his inspiration. Light as love is meant to soothe our griefs, aches and pains. As we undertake our earthly journey, it further illuminates our paths to righteousness. This is what inspires us to do the things we do. These seeds eventually blossom into magnificent trees and bear much fruit. In serving others, walking according to his ways, we become agents of his salvation. These are some images we must emulate in living happy lives.

Our eternal light transforms us into loving and caring human beings. These are his gifts at work within and among us. Through us, others will come to know God’s grace. Like us, they will come to rejoice in his salvation and serve God with their whole heart, body, soul, and mind. This is the nature of the glorious work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.