Love & Friendship

Love sustains all things.  Knowing and loving God is the true path of life.  It unites us in tender ways.  With love’s creativeness all things come alive.  But before we accomplish these blessings we’ve to be faithful to him.  That’s why wherever we go we must sow love.  In kindling this fire we’ll be ambassadors of his most precious gift.  We must do so by loving each other with a passion and walking in his ways.

Ann Landers, a pen name for Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer (1918–2002), an American advice columnist observed, “Love is friendship that has caught fire.  It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving.  It is loyalty through bad and good times.  It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”  Of such is the nature of love.

Truth & Love

Truth and love are soul mates.  To love others is to be truly dedicated.  The beauty of love is steadfast and coming through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  That’s why we always have to be prepared to share our loving-kindness in the world.  This gift is wondrously and greatly blessed by God.  So we express a communion with other Christians.

However, loving others must not be taken for granted.  John Lennon (1940–1980), a singer and songwriter explained, “We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant.  You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it is going to get on by itself.  You’ve got to keep watering it.  You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”  For Christians that means being in the Word and with people.  That’s how we’ll grow our faith.  Love is indeed transforming when we’re in the service of proclaiming it.

Beauty of Love

The beauty of love is addictive.  It comes by putting it into practice.  Pietro Aretino (1492–1556), an Italian author, playwright and poet believed, “I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.”  Aretino declared that he was prepared to live by his conscience.  He felt that even if such a life was unpopular, we must put love into practice.  This gift is too valuable to compromise.  Let words be the love of our lives.

By being aflame with Christ’s love takes on different forms.  Marian Keyes (b. 1963), an Irish novelist wrote, “Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy.  Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’  But love can only be truly measured by actions.  It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.”  So why should we be focusing on big things we feel show love and miss the smaller things?

When we say we’re fired up with love we’ve surely blossomed.  It’s this love that keeps hope alive.  We’re therefore inspired to do good works for the poor, destitute, sick, and dying.  With golden rays we touch their poor souls – of the forgotten brothers and sisters of the world.  We become like bridges by showing what to do for the less fortunate.  These works are worthy of his love.  It’s moving a step forward, for love and friendship go hand in hand.

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