Love. It’s an overused word. We love everything from Peanut Buster Parfaits to our best friend. Love is overused and perhaps underrated – and definitely underutilized.
Love is the greatest. Or so says the Bible. And people who have experienced a good dose of the unconditional kind of love.
About To Die
Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross is one of the outstanding psychiatrists in the world. From her, physicians and pastors have all come to learn the various stages which each of us go through when we are told we are about to die.
Dr. Kubler-Ross meets with AIDS patients who are dying. She couldn’t help but notice the face of a man who would attract anyone.
He had disintegrated with the disease to the point of having holes in his face. She glanced over at him and instead of being in despair he was radiant. She kept noticing him as she talked and tried to encourage these young men.
Finally she said to him: “I wish you would wait a few moments. I want to ask what on earth has happened to you.”
“I’m from a mid-western town. It’s orthodox and very conservative. When I became a homosexual I broke all relations with my family. I knew the hurt it would cause.
Recently, I have wanted to see my family. Last week I called home and my mother answered. I said, ‘Mom, I’m a sick man. I would like very much to come home.’
She said, ‘We’d love to see you.’
When I came up to the door and she opened it, she must have been shocked at my face; but if she was shocked, it didn’t register. She simply threw her arms around me and told me how much she loved me. You know, everyone should have a moment of unconditional love. I had that moment, and I’m now ready to die.”
The Best Medicine
“Love is the best medicine for the sickness of the world,” said Dr. Karl Menninger, an authority in the field of medicine and psychiatry.
He told his staff, “The most important thing you can offer a patient is love. For when people learn to give and receive love, they recover from most of their illnesses, whether physical or emotional.”
Sunsets and People
I love (there we go again) Mike Mason’s take on how to love God.
“To be in the presence of even the meanest, lowest, most repulsive specimen of humanity is still to be closer to God than when looking up into a starry sky or at a beautiful sunset. For we cannot really love a sunset; we can only love a person. God is love and in coming to Him, we cannot escape coming through people.
There is no separation between the spiritual and the social. The way we feel about people is the way we feel about God and the way we treat people is the way we treat God.” Practicing the Presence of People
14 Healthy Ways To Treat People
1. Believe the best in others
2. Refuse to gossip
3. Reject being judgmental
5. Be patient
7. Put the toilet seat down after use
8. Tell others about Jesus.
9. Cherish your wife
10. Respect your husband
11. Discipline your children
12. Err on the side of mercy
13. Don’t provoke your children
14. Show up.
Unconditional To The End
“Love isn’t always “me first,”
Love doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.” 1 Corinthians 13:5-7 (The Message)
APPLICATION: What other way have you loved or have you been loved? Please leave a comment below. Thank you.
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