Have You Been Summoned To Love?

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Summoned To Love

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
1 John 4:8

Have you been summoned to love? In my new book, “Summoned To Love” I ask one important question. How would you feel if you could unleash the power of love in your own life? Most people would say, hell yeah!  but how much time and effort do you actually put into unleashing that love into the world?

This is one of the reasons I wrote the book. I wanted to give people a chance to bring more love into the world. With all the economic and social upheaval happening around the world, we need to find a balance in our lives. I believe in this quote:

“If you cannot love then you cannot live”

Finding Inner Peace

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No matter what life throws your way, peace is what we all look for when things get crazy. Peace is defined as having a calm soul. Without inner peace, we cannot function at peak performance. Each day, we battle life on a  emotional rollercoaster where we let our problems get the best of us.

What is the answer?

Find God’s inner peace. It doesn’t get any easier than that. But isn’t that the quandary we’re living in right now?

You need to give everything you feel over to Jesus. In Proverbs 24:16, it states: “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”

We look everywhere for peace except where it is guaranteed… in Jesus!

In life, we are like a boxer without gloves unless we bring Jesus in to train us. Dr Deborah Serani, Psy D, a clinical psychologist says that peace comes when you; “Feed your mind, body and soul in ways that make you feel special.”

Feeling special comes from inspiration. Ralph Marsden once wrote, “The quality of your commitments will determine the course of your life .”

Which course of action you take determines the level of your inner peace. Take a wrong turn and you risk running upsetting the peace that God has given you.

What happens when you throw a stone into a pool of water?

The water in the pool makes a ripple with the waves going out until something stops the energy. This is the same idea when it comes to inner peace.

Calmness of spirit is a trademark of inner peace. We let society rock the boat of our values and beliefs and we never get the chance to carry out God’s plan for us.  God’s word is the roadmap we need to help us stay on the path to righteousness and love. Without them, inner peace is just a dream we can never reach.

Finding Unconditional Love

“Once you learn to accept and love them for who they are, you subconsciously learn to love yourself unconditionally.”
Yvonne Pierre

Do you want to find unconditional love?

You must first give it before you can receive it. That’s the difference here. Being unselfish before selfishness. But that’s how society works. It pushes selfishness as a means to make us part of the crowd.  The more we seek the ways of the world the more society takes hold of our heart. What we seek does not automatically come to us.

Following God’s example of unconditional love is a concept that doesn’t sit well with society because it’s not based on selfish demands or receiving love but giving without any thought of getting something in return. It’s all about doing for others to make a different and then leaving it up to God to take care of.

How many times have you done something for someone hoping they will return the favor?

Whatever you’ve done your reward is already granted but when you do it without expectations, you bring an abundance of love and care into a world of hate and selfishness.

“When the happiness of another person becomes as essential to yourself as your own, then the state of love exists. ”
Robert A. Heinlein

This is what you are aiming for. Making the happiness of another more important than your own happiness. It’s ready to sacrifice for the happiness of the other person. This type of love is the purest l form of love.

Unconditional love gives  meaning to our life. It is the seed we plant that gives beautiful fruit.  Dr. Paul Haider says this about unconditional love; “It’s very easy to love somebody when they are loving, kind, and good-natured. In some ways we see a reflection of ourselves, and thus want to help that person in any way, shape, and form that we can. When they smile it brightens our day, and when they are sad we want to make them happy again. We go out of our way to do things that will make a difference in their life. And we are even willing to sacrifice a little bit of our own comforts in order to make them happy. But what about those who are very difficult to love?”

That’s where you come in. To bring peace to a violent world you must be able to conquer the division among people and love those who are difficult to love. These are the types of people who need our love  more than ever.

Author Lisa Pool writes; “Loving unconditionally is more a behavior versus a feeling. Loving is the act of extending ourselves, vulnerabilities and all, into uncharted emotional territory with the belief that regardless of the outcome, we want to benefit another person. Imagine love as a behavior in and of itself, with the satisfaction being that feeling you get when you act a certain way for them, not when someone else acts a certain way to you. This becomes a pure act of generosity.” 

That’s where unconditional love comes from… the act of generosity to others. How generous are you with your heart? The more you give the better the world we live in. The more generous we are with our heart the better everyone else benefits from our love.

Finding True Happiness

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What does happiness mean to you?

Does it mean having a lot of money? Fame? or even power? To God, happiness is all about seeking to know Him better and discover his plan for our lives. God is the one who fuels our happiness.

Aristotle once said, “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the aim and end of human existence.”

The happy are those who are blessed with  the hunger and thirst for the righteousness of the Lord. But we Christians seek more than happiness.  We seek a joy that can only be quenched by God’s love.

You see, inner peace, unconditional love and true happiness are all interconnected. You can’t have one without the other. Society lives with the idea that if it feels good, then do it but Christians go further than that. God tells us that the realization of happiness is achieved by a relationship with Him and being obedient to His Way of Life.

When you follow God’s law, you will find inner peace, unconditional and true happiness well within your reach.

Want to know the best way to find God in everyday life?

You can find it in my #1 bestselling book on Amazon.com entitled “Summoned To Love – A Spiritual Blueprint For Rediscovering Inner Peace, Unconditional Love, And True Happiness.”

Summoned To Love

 

Unconditional Love – Are You Giving More Love Than You Receive?

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Unconditional Love – Are You Giving More Than You Receive?

“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
Oscar Wilde

What is unconditional love?  And how do I employ it in my life?

Many of us worry way too much about getting love and not enough about giving love in return.  We search and search for the answers to our own problems yet we fail to see the problems of others.  Love is not a one-way street.  It takes two to tangle as they say but it is so true.  It’s the greatest power in the universe yet we fail miserably every day at living without it.

God’s love is unconditional.  It is giving without asking or demanding anything in return.  It’s a concept that is foreign to most in this “Get anything at all costs” mentality that seems to pervade our world.  Financial advisers tell us to build up assets but those assets are transitory.  We can’t take anything we own with us when we die except the experiences and the love we gave.

Love is not about how much we receive but how much we give.  It’s not about being selfish with our lives but being unselfish toward others.  I understand it’s a concept that takes time to digest but what if I told you that it’s the key to having a successful and beautiful life?  Would you believe me then?

Zig Ziglar, one of my personal heroes and one of the greatest marketers of the 20th century, made a quote that has changed my life forever.  It is the code I live by.

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want first!”

By putting the needs of others first you can help so many people instead of just helping yourself.   Imagine how great life would be if everyone was helping everyone else, if everyone was unselfish, and we all cared about the rest of humanity like we care about ourselves.

Choosing To Love Unconditionally

Unconditional love is a choice we make not a mandate.  You either give of yourself or take from others.  There are no two ways around this. Unconditional love is  all about your acceptance of others, not you expecting them to give you happiness in return.  Your reward is in how you treat others.  The choices other people make and how they live are not under your control. Instead love them for being them, not what you want them to be.

Our choices determine who we are and if we make the wrong choices we must take full responsibility.  When we  don’t give love to others we deprive ourselves and the world of that love.  Their are only two choices you have to make… Are you going to love and how much are you going to love.  Anything else is immaterial to the situation.

When we choose to love we must first forgive. It is one of the most important aspects of loving unconditionally. Forgive others as well as forgiving ourselves. With this forgiveness we remove all the limiting beliefs we have of ourselves and other and recognize we all have self worth, value, and see ourselves as a true reflection of God’s love.

Unconditional love means compassion. It means loving others for who they are not what they have nor what they can give back. It’s about showing love at the deepest root of your being. It means opening your heart no matter the consequences

Are you showing compassion to others?

Can We Teach Compassion?

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How do you want your life to be?  Do you want to live in tenderness, kindness forgiveness and tolerance?  What you give out is what you receive.  The choice is yours.  Be clear what you want to give and give to the best of your ability.  You are not judged on what you give but on the fact of whether you gave or not.  The Lord love a cheerful giver, not someone who gives because he has to but because he wants to!

Giving Unconditional Love To The World

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“If someone is facing a difficult time, one of the kindest things you can do for him or her is to say, ‘I’m going to love you through this.”Molly Friedenfeld

What we do in life has a powerful impact on what happens to others. By taking loving action we can and do change the world one person at a time.  We see that we are all interconnected and all share what God has given us.  When we give love we experience what true love is all about.  Our giving is our true gift to the world.  It is the sharing and giving that allows the world to give back to us.

You have an unlimited supply of love and you hold the power to unleash it.  Giving unconditional love requires that we create the opportunities to give.  Seek out ways to help, be positive as to inspire others, and live in gratitude.  How we act is a reflection of what’s in our hearts.  Remember, people can see the real us.  Be genuine and reflect the love God has for you onto others.  Approach each moment of the day as a way to express God’s love through your thoughts and actions

Ask yourself, “What I can do for this  person at this moment in time?”.  Unconditional love is the true action of ourselves, the simple endeavor care for the well-being of another. This becomes an act of pure generosity.

Tips On Loving Others Unconditionally

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“If a dog can love us unconditionally, why can’t we love each other the same way?”
 Carol McKibben

Here are some tips to giving unconditional love and making it part of your everyday life.

  • Make it a practice to do something for someone else each day without expecting anything in return.
  • Love without anyone knowing about it.  Do it because you want to do it.
  • Do the small things with a great love that reaches far and wide.
  • Expand your heart to include everyone not just the people you like or care about. You don’t have to wait to be perfect to give unconditional love to others.  Just give and move on to the next opportunity.
  • The more you give the better your own life will be.  Live in love and love will be your guide.

In the bible, God speaks to us about love. In 1 John 4:8 states, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love”.  Further along in 1 John 4:16 it states, “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him”.  We have been given a great example of unconditional love.  Whether we choose to believe that we can make a difference or not, just by showing unconditional love to others we choose to bring God’s love to the world.

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