If it must be beaten into your head, than it must be done that way. Get it in your thick skulls to be a love bug already... C’mon people! Smoochy smooch!
We all know that Love is one of the most powerful aspects that drives our existences and keeps us going and gives us hope as human beings. Almost any story that is a best seller will include love; just listen to music in general, it's often about strong feelings of emotional connection hope for love to come being thankful for the company of another.Here are two aspects about God that give us a better understanding of who He is. Movies and novels too! Additional verses to beat into your thick skulls below..
Psalms 100:5 "For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations." and 1 John 4:8 "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is Love"
Every aspect of every teaching should be checked to the teaching of Love through belief in the heart of our Maker being genuine. Love is the glue that keeps the world together, it makes life worth it. It's who God is, as 1 John says "God is Love."
We also know from John 4:24 that "God is Spirit." The physical world around us just is. The spiritual world around us is different in that we learn mental understandings of thoughts impressed upon us, that we have tied to emotions. “Scroll Era’ will dive more into this, but the world or realm behind the curtains harnessing emotions connected not only to DNA tissue response within the human body, but connect us cognitively to a deeper senses of meaning and temperate. Not an easy concept to explain, though fortunately through hard work of others, it has become much easier in the modern day to grasp these things given the advancement of our knowledge as a race has increased quite rapidly, being able to track massive details. What God is trying to teach us right now while living in a physical world with so many possessions and fleeting pleasures, is that the nice things we can acquire or enjoy through money and work, can misguide us to lose proper trained mind comprehension of the eternal scenario ahead - it's about training and succeeding spiritually, more than gaining nice spiritual thoughts from physical purchases.
If God is Spirit, than let’s look at aspects of what His spirit is. This is one of the most important things to memorize if you are wanting to be a legit follower of Jesus. This is a memorization to learn, or at least I did way back in VBS before I went agnostic – and it’s called "Fruit of the Spirit." Of course the first fruit of the spirit is referenced is the most important - LOVE and all the following fruit's (or good aspects) of the spirit are tied together in perfect harmony with Love. This verse below is so important, because these are truths the Holy Spirit is teaching to us in our daily lives. It’s good to try and be better in each category.
Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control; against such things there is no law."
When your spirit inside you feels out of whack, when your angry or upset remember these things to calm yourself down. Remember Peace is a fruit, you are to strive for kindness and gentleness, try and live in and share in joy with others. When you strive for these attributes through a loving heart, you can do no wrong.
If God is Love, and God is Spirit, and Love is a fruit of the Spirit then we know that they all go hand in hand. Be in this spirit of Love! Love can be much more complicated than we often make it, yet once grasped it’s simple to carry out. Not just a warm mushy feeling, it's a word that requires action and commitment as indicated in the verses above. It's not always easy to avoid being arrogant and rude to others, it's not always easy to be patient or kind. Sometimes it's easy to rejoice at wrongdoing and cheer for things that aren't truthful, but you have to remember that to really know Love you have to sacrifice some natural desires and strive for the meaning of the word. It’s an action word and requires commitment.
Okay here’s an old verse that stuck in my head and it includes the word Love and greater and talks about the greatest way you can do the greatest thing (which is Love). 1 John 15: v13 & 14 below.
1 John 15:13 "Greater Love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."
The ultimate thing we can do is make friendships last and build relationships, the rest should fall into place based on the system. It’s in Jesus’s nature to build friendships and comradery, he plans to set things up in heaven where we are his friends for all existence to come. The verse the ends with;
1 John 15:14 "You are my friends if you do what I command you."
Jesus commanding us to love him through obeying him, means we are to follow this greatest teaching ourselves by looking to love people and build them up to the best of our ability. When you make life about others, your life becomes bigger because more people can share in it with you!