Monday, October 27, 2014

Make A Little Space...


For many years I read  1 Corinthians 13,The Love Chapter, and it just made me feel good.  The wording in the King James Version is beautiful to me. I like the word Charity because it sounds more like what it is, after all we use the word love so loosely. We love each other, but we also love McDonalds! Maybe the word should be sharity. In churches there is the matter of being filled with the Holy Spirit. It defines what is in your heart, or soul if you will. The Hebrew word for soul is psuche. We get our word psyche from it. So, those things which we have filled our mind with, give direction to our heart (feelings).  Our souls express all that is in us. It reveals our true spirit. I would like so much to say that I have in me all that Paul speaks of in this chapter of love, but I can’t. I seek and have sought answers from those I see as wise. I can see the picture that is there for me, but I only understand a small part of it.  Nevertheless, one day we will all have these qualities. That will happen in the presence of perfection. This is how 1Corinthians 13:4-10 of the love chapter reads;

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. (Authorized King James Version)

To look at this chapter a different way, I turned it inside out. I was wondering, what if I try to see things another way? When I did that, it seemed to me that it is what we think and what we feel that matters. However, what we think is based in what we feel and what we feel is affected by the lives of everyone around us. Maya Angelou said it in a way that was so profound, that ironically, I will never forget it. She was speaking of the things she had learned.

“'I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Now for the other side of The Love Chapter.

.4 Hatefulness has no patience and is not compassionate; hatefulness is jealous; and puts itself above others. Hatefulness is prideful,5  and behaves rudely, seeks out answers only for self, is easily provoked, thinks wicked thoughts; 6 rejoices in injustice, and lies; 7 It has no tolerance or empathy for others, does not believe in God, anyone, or anything, has no faith, and is impatient with everything. 8 Hatefulness always fails: and where there be predictions, they too shall fail; languages, shall cease; and comprehension and understanding, shall vanish away. 9 Hatefulness thinks it is wise and all-knowing and can foretell matters without error. It will not know when that which is perfect is come because of its great vanity.10 Nevertheless, when that which is perfect has come, hatefulness will be done away with.

In a commentary, Matthew Henry explained it like this;
Charity is an utter enemy to selfishness; it does not desire or seek its own praise, or honor, or profit, or pleasure. Not that charity destroys all regard to ourselves, or that the charitable man should neglect himself and all his interests. But charity never seeks its own to the hurt of others, or to neglect others. It ever prefers the welfare of others to its private advantage. It is a Divine principle. Does this Divine love dwell in our hearts? Has this principle guided us into becoming behavior to all men? Are we willing to lay aside selfish objects and aims? Here is a call to watchfulness, diligence, and prayer.

With that having been said, it is worth looking at what selfishness really is. In an article entitled “What causes selfishness” M.Farouk Radwan, MSc had this to say
Selfishness is a sign of weakness, the selfish person fears to give some of his time, money or effort to others because he is afraid of the consequences that might happen on making such a sacrifice. The person who is always busy and who never gives few minutes of his time to the people in need is actually afraid of wasting his time because of believing that he has no control over his life. When that person gives away some of his time he feels insecure because of not being sure whether he will succeed in completing his own tasks or not. If that person didn’t fear to lose control of his life or if he was confident enough to believe that giving five minutes away won’t hurt his progress then he wouldn’t have been selfish.

Now… we see Michael. He has said all of that in only a few words. I am always so amazed by him, and I wonder why I did not understand what he was teaching before. I suppose I was not prepared to learn what he knew even as a child. Here is a verse to “Heal the World”.

This video is solely here for educational purposes. We are addressing the power of love and unity, the physiological and psychological effects as they relate to spirituality. It is not my desire to disregard the copyright, and I acknowledge that this is not my video.

There's a place in your heart And I know that it is love And this place could be much Brighter than tomorrow And if you really try You'll find there's no need to cry In this place you'll feel There's no hurt or sorrow There are ways to get there If you care enough for the living Make a little space, make a better place

Michael says that there is a place in our hearts and it is love. Well, scripture says that we can love with our hearts. In fact it is a commandment. It is interesting that he said “this place could be brighter than tomorrow. If you are a person who is fearful, tomorrow is not a place you want to be in. Yesterday is gone, and you are in the present thinking about the problems tomorrow may bring. Scripture says Matthew 6:34Authorized (AKJV) 34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. So even back then people saw tomorrow as a dark place. They were told they had enough evil to deal with today. So, what Michael said is true, that place will be brighter than tomorrow. Here are some scriptures that address loving with all your heart; We will address the meaning of love as well..

A) Deuteronomy 6:5 and thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (OT)

B) Matthew 22:37-39 Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (NT)

C)4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth

We know that the selfish person is one that is fearful. Our Love Chapter, 1 Cor. 13 talked of nothing but love. Love casteth out fear. If we cast out fear, we have made space in our hearts for love. It’s like anything else. Suppose you no longer liked your living room, and you donated it to a charity. Well your living room would just be empty. You would be able to put something else in that space, something that you really liked. It’s the same way with fear in our hearts. With fear gone, we are not tormented (worried or unhappy). We now have a little space, we can fill it with love, and it will be better place indeed. No torment, a brighter day. A little space and a better place.

Love is real. There really is a place in your heart. Research by the Institute for Heart Math in California has shown that the heart is a powerful generator of electromagnetic energy: The heart's electrical field is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the electrical activity generated by the brain. Like a radio it sends out wavelengths that connect with the wavelengths of the hearts of those around them. It creates a love connection, so…love is more real than many of us know. We can love our neighbors.

Agape is a Greek word which means "love: esp. brotherly love, charity; the love of God for man and of man for God." Michael says we are all his brothers, and speaks of the nation turning it’s swords into plowshares. "They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nations will not raise swords against nations, and they will not learn warfare anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4) The ploughshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword

In regard to the article “Agape, Personal Love, & World Healing: Why the love that will really heal the world is personal love by David Truman” The question put to Truman was how can we heal the world. His answer made perfect sense.

“Just as world hunger is solved one child at a time, people are healed individually, one by one. So, just as we will end world hunger one person at a time, we will end love-starvation one person at a time. If we are to heal the humanity, we must love personally, not just universally. We must commit our love, and focus it.

‘But there are so many people in the world! How can we possibly save the world unless we can love people in large batches?

Here's how: Love someone, and heal that one. Then that one will love and heal someone else. The chain continues to infinity, because surely, anyone who is truly fulfilled in love, by love, can and will with love, heal others.”

Now, this article could go on forever. However, Michael has so much knowledge that he feeds it to us in small bites. He sings us parables, so that we can understand. In his song Jam, his words ae very poignant.

“Nation to nation, all the world must come together Face the problems that we see then maybe somehow we can work it out I asked my neighbor for a favor, she said later What has come of all the people, have we lost love of what it's about?”

Michael was not only well read and wise, he was an extraordinary man of love and peace