Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Love, Love, Love

As I shared from my last post, I've just begun to read again a wonderful book called, Standing for Something - (10 neglected virtues that will heal our hearts and homes), by Gordon B. Hinckley

The love I want to talk about is not how the world describes it. The world's definition of love is skewed, twisted, and often portrayed in a very opposite way and is better described as "lust".

The true definition of love, is "the pure love of Christ"... or in other words, "charity."

I desire to share with you a few bits and pieces of the first chapter of this wonderful book I've been reading,

Love: The Lodestar of Life:

" If the world is to be improved, the process of love must make a change in the hearts of humans. It can do so when we look beyond self to give our love to God and others, and do so with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds."

"Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people or bridge the chasms of bitterness."
Painting: "The Prodigal Son" by- Clark Kelley Price
"Love, like faith, is a gift of God. It is also the most enduring and most powerful virtue."

"There is nothing as energizing, as confidence-building, as sustaining as the power of love. How substantial is its influence on the human mind and heart! How great and magnificent is its power in overcoming fear and doubt, worry and discouragement!"

Painting: "The Good Samaritan" by- Walter Rane

"He who most beautifully taught this everlasting truth was the Son of God, the one perfect exemplar, teacher, and embodiment of love. His coming to earth was an expression of His Father's love. 'For God so loved the world, that he gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved' (John 3:16-17). In the ultimate expression of love, He did something for us that we could not do for ourselves."

"Now, to all of us who would be His disciples, He has given the great commandment, 'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another' (John 13:34)"

Painting: "Washing the Apostles' Feet" by- Ford Madox Brown
"Love is like the Polar Star. In a changing world, it is a constant. It is something that, when sincere, never moves. It is the very essence of the teachings of Christ. It is the security of the home. I t is the safeguard of community life. It is a beacon of hope in a world of distress."
"Admittedly, it is not always easy to follow the Polar Star of love. It requires a discipline almost beyond the power of many to observe. I think it is the most difficult and also the most important of all commandments. But out of its observance come a remarkable discipline and a refining influence that are wonderful to experience."

"The virtue of love changes lives- ours as well as those of every one with whom we come in contact. It is the virtue that has embedded within it precincts the power to have the most lasting good."

Quotes from "Standing for Something- by Gordon B. Hinckley"

God bless you!

1 comment:

Leah said...

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