Presentation on theme: "Love is the source of Joy. Love as a source of Joy Joy in Heaven: Continual state of Joy with Love Faith, Hope and Love are important, but only Love."— Presentation transcript:
Love as a source of Joy Joy in Heaven: Continual state of Joy with Love Faith, Hope and Love are important, but only Love continues in Heaven. While faith and hope are not needed in Heaven From the first pages of the Bible love is a common factor
Love is the source of Joy Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--Life forevermore. (Ps 133)
Oil is poured from the Head ( God) to the beard ( Priesthood) down to the rest of the body ( Congregation) Symbolizing the Holy Spirit the Spirit of Comfort and Joy fills all conditioned by having Love
From the Morning Praise In The Morning praise, the same is sung, loving attitude makes the praise very beautiful
For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God (1Thes 3:9) Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. (Rom 12:15) I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive (acts20:35) And indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more (Phi4:10)
we rejoice for your sake before our God: Love makes us rejoice in reasons unrelated to me personally weep with those who weep: when you share in others’ pains you feel rejoiced It is more blessed to give than to receive: You will not find that Our Lord said this, but this is a practice that the Church lived St. Paul is thankful to their blessings because of the Loving attitude
The 5 Languages of Love Time Gifts words Actions Touches
The 5 Languages of Love Three Directions From God to us From Us to God From one to another
Touches Warm Welcome Smile Look to The Eyes With Purity Humor
Love expressed by Touches Our Lord touched the leper before He healed him. The leper was not touched by any one before including his own family. The Mute and deaf; He took him far, looked at him, with his finger touched His own mouth then the deaf’s mouth, then looked up and made him to read his lips “ Ephatha”=Open.
Love expressed by Touches The bleeding woman: He stopped and asked who touched me? He insisted on finding out who was she because he did not want her to feel guilty that she touched Him. He said “ Be confident”
Love expressed by Touches Smile International way of greeting Looking at the Eyes The Rich man, “ He looked at him and Loved him” The rich man perceived Jesus look as love With Purity: We aught to use these venues to express love
Love expressed by Time spent Best: which time do you give? Quality: may be short but valuable, am I concentrating or not!
Love expressed by Time spent One of the markers for our love toward God is How much time we spend with Him He spends more time with us ( I am standing by the door knocking, if you open I will enter. He is hoping not for “ pass by” but rather Dine with me!! In Gethsemane he was asking can you spend with me one hour! A girl that was lost, repots that she was longing for time with her mom but in vain.
Gifts What do you like & what do you need? Surprises Occasions Way of presenting
Love expressed by Gifts Our Lord is always giving The woman who gave the two mites, was counted more than all. Way of presenting: How do you give?!, you spent time to think How to offer. Surprises/ Occasions: Our Church as a bride gives the best gifts to her Bridegroom in every occasion Occasions: do to others as what you hope they give unto you.
Love expressed by Gifts The unexpected gifts always count: The gifts that count are the one that the other wants and needs You need to be busy thinking of what he/she needs, even if I am not quite convinced with. Our Lord loved the gift of the Ointment ( nardeen) she gave the most precious, she broke the bottle on His feet – He promised her she will be mentioned in everywhere. Also, she helped in burying our Lord as if she is one of His closest
Words Of Love Caring Active Listening I am sorry Encouragement Appreciation Love
Love expressed by Gifts Encouragement: we tend to appreciate only the good things and become condemning to others.If we try to see the everything as good we will be happier. If you care to be appreciated why Don’t you start saying the same. Caring words: you may not know how solve but your caring helps
Words of Love Our Lord is great in His words of Love ( In malachai, He starts by saying, I loved you…)
Acts of love Doing the unexpected is the optimum Acts of love combined with labor/effort makes a difference including acts of love towards God. Jacob at his last hours requested his stick to bow down at it, it was a meaningful type of worship James ( apostle) while he is being martyred, he crawled to a attain a worship position. Every one will take his reward upon his labor.
Q/A How to apply the 5 languages of love in the work force? A: We continue to be loving even if the others are not hoping that they may change with time. Wisdom is essential Do not let evil overcomes but rather win evil by being righteous. Being accepted is not necessarily has to happen immediately. Our duty is to do good regardless of response
Q/A The Christian is Different, we do not change because others are not comfortable with our ways. Types of Gifts: I will add more time in my prayer ( one hour extra), doing an unexpected service ( cold cup of water), Wisdom needs to couple love How to enjoy God in this busy life? A; Consecrate initially time for God then give any time you can get
To let go of a certain right needs wisdom: I may be wrong that is why I am letting go. I should have clear conscious first before I decide. I f I am loosing my peace because of loosing my right I may not do it Words of love may be empty: if you do not have a reason you aught to say it. Constructive criticism; Encourage/ appreciate first then say the criticism Start by blaming yourself first, Choose the right time Q/A