“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” (Ephesians 5: 2, New Living Translation)
How do we live a life filled with love? It may seem as if we don’t really have control over that. We can certainly do our best to express compassion, affection, kindness toward our fellow man, but what about the unloving responses, the hateful things that we see going on out in the world?
We have our answer in this verse. The way is Christ. It is to follow that pure example to the best of our ability. For Jesus lived his life filled with love. It wasn’t personal love, general positivity, or a naïve approach to what was going on around him. Jesus lived the Christ, that identification every moment with God and His Love. This was the Life replete with Love that Jesus experienced. He felt the fulness of God’s affection and Jesus’s every thought and action proceeded from that conscious awareness.
We have the same oneness with God. We, too, have the natural ability to recognize and receive that great Love of God that is always at hand, and to know its power. We can allow that divine Love, that doesn’t judge or fear, to be shared in our daily walk. It can be seen in specific acts of kindness and gentle words, but even more so in that deep feeling of God’s own love within us. This is the Christ-Truth that can’t help but be felt, in healing ways, by others as well.
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