#SelfLove

If God is love,
Then loving yourself means getting more God in your life.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Him).

If your self-love doesn’t including joining God in His self-sacrificial love, you’re doing it wrong.

 

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#DividingByZero

We operate by the general assumption that we can’t divide by zero. But can God divide by zero?  I thought about it using metaphor. I asked myself,

What am I asking myself? What would it mean to divide by zero?

If 12 ÷ 4 = 3, one can explain it this way: If you take 12 muffins and divide them equally so that 4 people end up with some, each person will get 3 muffins.

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So then perhaps dividing by zero would be explained this day: If you take 12 muffins and divide them so that no one ends up with any, how many muffins will be gotten by people?

If you want no one to end up with any of the muffins, you would have to thrown them away or otherwise destroy/waste them. The answer would be zero; no muffins were gotten by people. 12 ÷ 0 would have to equal 0.

This would mean that it’s not actually impossible to divide by zero. It’s just impossible to divide by zero and end up with any answer other than zero. Maybe if God snuffed something completely out of existence, that would be Him dividing by zero.

Apparently Einstein came up with a similar theory:

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#ThemParadoxes

#1Corinthians13

If we believe that God is love (God = Love), then we can use algebraic substitution to read through 1 Corinthians 13:

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“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not God, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not God, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not God, it profits me nothing.

God suffers long and is kind; God does not envy; God does not parade Himself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek His own [IE self-sacrificing love], is not irritable or resentful, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

God never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, God, these three; but the greatest of these is God.”

#HopeforCloseness

A good day is when mutual understanding is achieved!

In order to achieve closeness and reconciliation when there is distance or disagreements, the best thing you can do in the relationship is to come to a place where both people feel understood.

Before then the two of you will feel like ships in the night, and lots of emotions will fly in all directions, and more often than not both people walk away feeling not understood and not loved.

 

Hearing the other person’s view, reflecting it back to them, validating their perspective and then having them do the same thing with your thoughts can bridge the gap.

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#differentviewsofsamepicture

#aGoodRep

Earlier this evening, I was thinking back across life and I thought of one aspect I currently enjoy and imitate about God – being restful, enjoying ones life, thinking.  So I wondered when or how I picked up on that concept.

I thought back and remembered someone whose example had become an encouragement to me, after I stumbled across these truths in Scripture.

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An example. That’s what good reputation is – I think it’s when one person sees the way one person lives their life, and eventually that serves as a example of godliness which encourages and grows the person who saw the example. That’s the principle.

And the specific case I was thinking of:

That someone, the person I remembered, was a man drinking a beer on his porch. The story goes like this: I was visited my brother at his apartment, and this was before the time where I even thought that it was okay to drink beer, and his roommate (already known to be humble, a man of character)  got home, got a beer out of the fridge, and took it outside.  He took time to himself, thinking, sipping the beer, and watching cars by go.

And I gave a look to my brother (since I didn’t necessarily approve of any type of drinking yet), and my brother explained that Dom always has one beer each day, right after work.  Eventually, concepts about spending time thinking, about restfulness, about enjoyment after production/work, and about moderation reminded me of Dom. He lives in a way that answered some of my questions about “What would that look like?”

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Now, I know some people who are must MUCH more concerned with their reputation than with character. They pursue reputation to the exclusion of humility or seeking more character.  They preach nothing but good reputation, but they are also the type to tell you to give up, food, drink, coffee with a person of the opposite gender, “rock” music, beer, relaxation, or anything that might “damage your reputation, and thus your witness.”  Yet these “lovers of good reputation”  could NEVER in their wildest dreams imagine that drinking a beer would actively make someone have a good reputation.

They will agree with the part of the post that spells out the theory, right until they get to the actual example. “No,” they think, “that’s not what we wanted at all! That’s not what we are talking about when we say ‘good rep’!!”  And yet, the fact that they hate the example shows that they doesn’t really love the actual concept of a quality reputation yet.

It’s like the Jewish Pharisees reading the Old Testament. They loved God in theory and on paper, and they agreed with Him right up until they met God in real life. They loves God in theory but not God in real life, which proved that they were actually loving God at all.