Monday, June 6, 2016

This is love: we lay down our lives for our friends

(this post is my response to this useful post: How Orthodoxy Wages War Against Orthopraxy (And Causes Us All To Miss The Point) by Michael Green)

Personally,
I do care not at all about orthodoxy, or about 'right' thought-beliefs
... Except how they affect our Practice and Experience of:
- the Presence of God,
- the Reign-Kingdom of Heaven,
- our direct relationship, healing, filling, leading and maturing in the Living God.

I'm not a fan of "attaching" to doing-thinking anything 'Right',
rather
- going in a direction that is useful to catch the scent of the direct, present-time leading of God, and
- walking in the way I am led, best I can.

From my perspective, this is the highest practice of,
how we are IN and we Share Real Love:

To Lay Down our Lives for our Friends...
and for God, for ourselves, and for the evolution of All our Relations..

We lay down our lives.

We lay down our ego, our habits, and our identifications.

We lay down all of God's promises and blessings.
We lay down all the ways we want to impress people, and be a success.


We lay down our lives.


We lay down everything we think-believe

We lay down everything that makes us, us - in our own concept of ourselves.
We lay down our understanding of ourselves, of this world, of God, and of what we think God wants
for us.


We lay down our lives.


We lay down our health and our illness, our wealth and our poverty, our wisdom and our folly, our worth and our worthlessness, our rightness and our humility.
We lay down our relationships - our loves and our hates.
We lay down how we wish the world was, how we think things should be, and the difference we want to make.

We lay down our lives.
Everything past, present and future - on and on I could list it all - we are called to lay it Down...


We lay down our lives.
And from here,
- we can more and more see what the Father is Doing spiritually (in Heaven) - and we can begin to DO that on Earth.
- we can more and more hear what the Father is Saying spiritually (in Heaven) - and we can begin to Say that here on Earth.
(All this, just as Jesus did... but, in our own unique way, with our own unique call)

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And from here,
we run cross-ways to the powers and principalities of this World, sooner or later...
This is always the way.
God pays no mind to the petty beliefs and walls of the Authorities - whether they be Religious, Political, Cultural, Familial, etc.

Matter of fact, Jesus seems to be doing an inordinate amount of healing On the Sabbath; neener-neener to religious sensibilities.
And like Jesus, eventually, as we do as God calls us to do, we also end up in hot-water.

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And from here, we go round again...
we die daily - on a soul level.

And (praise God) we also rise (on a soul level) in the Glory of God,
to love and serve God and our neighbor
...
There is no end to this practice.

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This is love:
we lay down our lives for our friends.

It took me a long time to realize
- it doesn't mean to please my friends, be nice to my friends, do what my friends want me to do.
- it doesn't mean to be a happy-little-martyr, putting up with BS, letting people treat me like a doormat.
- it doesn't mean to try to save them from themselves, from their lessons, from the pain of their challenges or from the pain of their Glory.

Laying down our lives for our friends;
Means:
- Dying to flesh - to our physically-focused self; and
- Rising in spirit - to our spiritually-focused self; and
- Being constantly born again into:
... I AM Love - led Directly by God, more and more, in who we Be and what we Do
... the Way, Truth, Light, Life, Love... which shines through us more and more clearly into the world
... beholding and reflecting as a mirror the Glory of God, more and more into this world, from Glory to Glory...

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Our friends may like it, or not.
Our friends may judge and resist it, or not.
Our friends may recognize and support us, or not.

It doesn't matter whether our friends experience this as Love:
- As we BE and DO Love - they are blessed.
- As we follow the Living God, and become who we Really Are in God - they are blessed.
- As the world shifts, and more and more come to maturity spiritually - they are blessed.

Our friends, our families, our co-workers, our church-friends, our neighbors...
may not recognize Love when they see it, or enjoy it when they experience it.
They might think we are crazy, or mean, or (OMG ;) inappropriate!

We can become ok with that
... fortunately, we are getting into the habit of dying-daily - so we can get unstuck from that.

We have a choice, follow God
or not (follow the World, the Flesh and the Devil :)

- We can follow God and Actually Love our Neighbor.
OR
- we can have a shadow of Love, a pretense of Love, a striving to Love
   . . . we can do any other thing, follow any other way, and miss the mark.

It may seem strange, but culturally we are not clear about what Love is, spiritually.
We don't always rationally or emotionally or relationally grok Love.

But as we lay down our lives, we start to expereince the wild ride of Love.
And no one and nothing will ever be the same, again.
Jesus did this, let us follow his lead.

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this post has a similar theme, if interested: When we Follow God: Everything Must Go!

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