Howdy folks, how is it going for you today? it is sunny and beautiful here how about where you are? the birds are definitly feeling it, I am feeling it and even my hubby and dogs are too. wow! never get tired of spring. this despite just getting over a upper respirtory infection.
I thought I would throw out something maybe many do not realize, maybe some of you do, but I noticed a trend in how the powers that be, whether that power be your hubby, church elders, bosses at work, or anyone of authority or even family members like children or spouses, there is one thing that stands out in my mind, I wont take credit for this simply because Jehovah taught me this, many wonder why other people can be so cruel, unfair, or unjust in their exercise of their power or authority (remember we all have some amount of power or influence over others to some degree even children) such as husband over wife parents over children, children over parents, friends towards their friends, or government authority over the masses, and how this relationship goes whether good or bad, happy or sad is contigent on one important factor, well maybe two but the one I had in mind is LOVE!
the bible describes what love is in 1 Corithians 13:4-8, Love is long suffering, it sticks with a situation because of the hope of chance of improvement because of love of the ones involved, love is not jealous, one does not digress the successes of others, even of a opponent or competitor such as in a sport activity or gaining a better job or having more in a material way or more in a spiritual or intellectual way. does not behave indecently, one respects the feelings of others, and acts accordingly even of strangers, does not look for own interests, one does not try to dominate a situation to the detrement of others, or one doesn’t try to have their way all the time, or one doesn’t desire what another has with intent to steal it or lure it away (like some people do when coveting a marriage mate of another)or to depreive another of something because they want it themselves that sorta thing.
love does not become provoked one doesn’t get upset at others easily but tries to look at things from thier standpoint, one does’t worry about ones pride, does not hold a grudge, forgives and forgets, Just like Jehovah does. does not rejoice over unrighteousness, one doesn’t tolerate bad or evil things, or immorality but stands up for rightousness even if politically incorrect, one doesnt allow the feelings of others determine right and wrong. one does’t condone immorality or accept a person who does bad things to others simply because one worries about thier feelings. Jesus gave a example.
Jesus was denouncing the pharisees for thier unjust manner in treating the people, he told them flat out “You are from your father the devil and you wish to do the desires of that one, that one was a manslayer when he began and he did not stand fast in the truth because the truth is not in him, when he speaks a lie he speaks according to his own dispoisiton because he is a liar and a father of the lie.” john 8:44
now did he worry about thier “feelings”? nah, he worried more about the spiritual welfare of the people whom the pharisees were oppressing and exploiting. They were making up rules and procedures that went contrary to bible principles, they were making Jehovahs’ worship a burden all the while getting rich off the poor people when they should of been serving and not “eating them alive”.
this comes down to one fact the pharisees lacked, LOVE, they did not love the people whom they were sheperding. they were making rules that were impossible to follow and procedures they could never comply with. they were basically using the color of law to oppress and profit off the people. doesn’t this sound familiar to anyone here? color of law, for the pharisees it was called traditions of men, in our day that is translated to legalism.
The first law that man must obey with no opting out is love Jehovah first and foremost over everything including life itself, which makes sense we are made in his image and we have this capacity to love and we need to love Jehovah to know how to love one another, and this beautiful earth he made for us and it’s wonderful crittors. second is love your neighbor as yourself. if everyone applied this there would be no oppression, cruelty, death, poverty, wars, etc.
so you see we are at the mercy of those who love less then us, a father loves his child more than the child does the father and abuses his father love for him causing misery to the father, husband loves wife or vice versa more and the other spouse makes that ones life miserable because of loving less. understand?
so government and corporate owners and wealthy elites and rulers, and others in positions of authority above us, police, mayors, employers, coworkers, etc who love less(dont have love for justice rightousness fellowman or God) than you (love rightousness and justice and are merciful, fair and honest) will make your life miserable in anyway they deem necessary to profit off your life liberty and property. (form of serfdom.) thus the reason this world is so miserable for us in it’s many facets.
Love rejoices with the truth, one would stand up for what is right and true, even at great cost to themselves. one would not excuse serious wrongdoing by protecting a person who has done serious sins such as murder, physical and emotional abuse, or hide a theif or condone violence.
so wondering why there is so much oppression, misery, suffering and cruelty of man dominating man to his injury? Lack of love. that is it in a nutshell. the one who loves Jehovah and his moral principles is at the mercy of those who do not love these things but love other things (money? power? self?)
so there you have it, abuse of one over another is caused by the abuser loving a person less than that person loves them. sad aint it?