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Relationships do not just happen. At first, we build them. Then we need to maintain them for as long as we claim that we are within such a relationship. True friends are a treasure.

Sometimes we need to let them go especially when we realized that friendship is no longer. Same we do with all relationships in life. One said that there are people in our life for life and others for a season. And this is ok! Regarding our families, we need to remind ourselves that genes do not make the family as they do not make the relationships but relationships make a family. A good friend of mine says “we have families by choice, not necessarily by blood.”

I am sure that you understand what I mean and you have experienced such trembles.

There is an expression in Greek: “eyes do not see each other, they forget each other”! Very true. There are times that we fell short with a friend or circumstances might keep us away. Unexpectedly, we meet each other. It is the moment when we realize whether we fell truly apart – when there is a neutral emotion – or we feel as no time or conflict ever took place. All these facts are human. It is what makes us humans. We ought to remember so.

Garfield, the cat, said something amazing: “I am not mad at you, I’m just not dealing with you and your drama anymore.” Remember that we have those “drama” relationships somewhere on the way of life! (I love Garfield…a so wise cat!) My recommendation? Move out rapidly as they just absorb your energy and the possibilities to do something creative for the Lord, for yourself, for others.

Luke 10v1

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.”

Today it is a beautiful day to think our mates, pray for them and ask the Lord to continue bringing in our lives the ones with whom we can become OUR BETTER SELF for the Lord’s sake.

I strongly believe that whoever brings up our best self – we do the same for them – those mates are the ones to go on for life. In the meantime, we encounter many others, those who are for a season. Within that season we mature more in knowledge of relationships, we understand more human nature, we appreciate better what is the best. There is no waste of time, no waste of relationships, all is about recycling!

The Lord in His indefinite wisdom knew all the pros and cons of relations. He knew the power of friendship, the power of co-operating and the strength of being two-two! We have many examples in the Bible of relationships, the ones which were successful, the ones that were for a season, the ones which remained strong till the end. Nevertheless, He kept putting people together to work for His kingdom and for fellowship.

Friends, mates, spouses, acquaintances, co-workers are important as the Ecclesiastes says:

Ecclesiastes 4v9-12

“Two are better than one,
Because they have a good reward for their labour.
For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
For he has no one to help him up.
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
But how can one be warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Our Father God, we come to you today and we thank you for this new day, a day that we have the opportunity  to do something new; to do something for our friend, spouse, child, neighbour and stranger. Help us Lord, today, to become better, one step at the time. We need your strength and we pray that all is done for your glory, in Jesus Name, amen!

 

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Dearest Friends, Readers, Colleagues,

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Thank you for being with LovingMinistry during 2013, introducing yourselves, commenting in a constructive way, sharing and supporting. I pray that our Heavenly Father keeps blessing you each day of your life and that this new year 2014 is prosperous in all aspects, emotionally, spiritually, physically, financially, that you are used by the Lord for His work and His kingdom, in Jesus Christ name, I pray. Amen!

This blog just celebrated four years since created and I want you to know that the blog’s existence became a tool of healing for me in so many ways and in so many levels.

I cannot be more thankful to God and to you all. They say that life is short so let’s enjoy what and when we can. I disagree. I believe that life is long enough for us to make the true choices and decide to follow the path opened for us, one step at the time. All the rest will follow!

Blessings and love,

Dimitra

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Give your life for your friend, for your neighbor. DS ©

Connecting with last week’s post “What means Unconditional Love (Part A)”, we start this post, Part B, reminding ourselves our main question, a question to be answered in our hearts:

What is unconditional love? A love without conditions or a love no matter the circumstances, no matter the situation, no matter the conditions? A love of no limits?

Two verses sum up the inspiration and provocation of the above question:

  • “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12v31 

  • “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 7v12

We spoke and question conditions, limits and boundaries. I strongly believe that by looking just within the Bible, we can locate answers, by praying the Holy Spirit who is the Teacher and the Counselor can put the answers in our hearts. The previous post – Part A – was more about terminology and various opinions of believers or not. This post is more about what the Lord, Himself, said. So, allow me to lay down some – hopefully not too many – verses, starting…now:

John 15v14: If you love me, you will obey what I command.” 

Matthew 6v15: “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Matthew 17v20: “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

John 8v24: “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins.”

John 8v31: “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.”

John 15v10: “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.”

I wish to stop here the presentation of various scriptures that show nothing else than …CONDITIONS! Does it look like conditions to you?

  • If you love me…you will obey
  • If you forgive…you will be forgiven
  • If you have faith…you will receive
  • If you believe in HIM…you will not die in sins
  • If you hold on HIS teaching…you are a disciple
  • If you obey HIS commands…YOU WILL REMAIN IN HIS LOVE!

Wow! It is overwhelming at first sight. There are conditions indeed! Our relationship with our Creator is still a relationship and relationships by definition are commitments. There are rules, there are regulations, there are in few, conditions. Relationships are defined out of respect for each other. When we ask the Lord for a miracle we expect Him to respect His promises and to show His love by answering our prayers, by covering our desires and provide our needs. Would be fair to receive continuously without returning something? I do not put it in a base of “trade” but in the base of what relationship should be. How do you know your friends? We meet them one day, we make a click and then we start communicating, learning from each other, showing respect to their individualities and so on. That’s how step by step and time after time a relationship is built. What’s the reason to be different with God? In fact, this relationship is with our own Creator, the one that knows all, the one whom we can fully trust and the one who is PERFECT! He is also the Alfa and the Omega.

The above conclusion is part of the story…or one side of the coin.

When Jesus Christ went on his cross and gave His blood and his body was tortured, He had no obligation to do so. He did it out of love for us. His love was without limits, He went all the way no matter how painful was for Him and we know this by what He said:

Matthew 14v34-36: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

He was overwhelmed, in pain, wishing to escape what was coming, but still He did it. This is love without limits, without borders. We do not deserve really what He did for us but He did it. Each individual that passed by this earth since the beginning of time, till today and till the end of the times is His creation. He knows each one of all these million, billion, trillion and so on persons. He loved, loves and will love each one of all of us. He forgives us, he gives rain to just and unjust and His love is without limits. It is a love under any condition, any circumstances or any situation.

However, do not misunderstand: there are conditions for obtaining salvation, for obtaining his friendship, for maintaining the relationship with Him. If we wish to come out of the relationship, we are free to go and if we decided to return, we will be welcomed as the prodigal son.

When we pick up a stick from one end we pick up and the other end. Each action has a reaction, has consequences. It is a physical and spiritual law. When the thief was on the cross and Jesus told him that the same day he would be with Him in Paradise, yes, he went in Paradise but he did not avoid the crucifixion. Nobody removed him down from the cross. 

Let’s spend few more days on meditating on the above thoughts, please, re-read the Part A so there is a continuation on the thoughts. Next week, we will conclude on this subject and till then I pray to our Heavenly Father that He will continue teaching us what Unconditional Love means and how to apply it in our daily life, in Jesus Name I pray, amen! Blessings!

___________________to be continued _________________

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