We’ve all heard of one of the more popular bible verse that goes, “Love is patient, love is kind.” (1 Corinthians 13:4) It’s so easy to let it flow out of our lips and for some, to put into action. However, with the celebrity and media influence in present time, the word ‘love’ seems to be taken a little too far out of context. A little too, self-deserving to the point of narcissism.
While it’s great that celebrity influencers such as Kylie Jenner or Miley Cyrus teach the upcoming generations about self-love and loving one another, to stop hating and bullying, they also teach one to love oneself a little too much? If that makes any sense.
The trend of selfies, travel and beauty lifestyle blogs and social media accounts focus so much on the ‘I‘, the ‘Me‘.
“I deserve this“,
“I need this“, ”
I am the most important“,
“I need to love myself first before responding to others needs“.
While it’s great to make sure you have time for yourself to recalibrate and focus on what matters – your mental, emotional and spiritual health, we often get too caught up in our own little self-centred world.
We want to be heroes of our own time, spreading messages of love and acceptance all while showing off our own lavish, comfortable lifestyles, perfect bodies and beauty. That is not the message of true love.
True love is going out of your comfort zone, giving up your comfort and riches to help the poor. It is spreading the love of God in our hearts without these added ‘plus points’ on us or in our lifestyles. Just like the story of the widow who gave all that she had (Mark 12:41-44), we do not have to be wealthy to be able to help the less fortunate.
As Christians, all we have to do while we are on earth is to love God. And the only method to doing this is to love one another. Not for our hot bodies, perfect teeth, on-fleek eyebrows and makeup skills or social media followings but for who we are without all of these additional ‘points’ that increases our worldly worth.
“For what is thought highly of by men is loathsome in the sight of God.” -Luke 16:15
With reference to Matthew 25:1-13 – The virgins who waited with oil (symbolic of wisdom, faith and having christian characteristics) in their lamps for their bridegroom (God), I share this excerpt with you.
“The only crack in the edifice,
the only foothold,
the only handhold,
is the love of these poor beings who, like us,
are so hard to love, because they share our own mediocrity.
And it could happen that we enjoy arriving at a fantastic level of humility,
or at a poverty second to none,
or at an obedience that is beyond murmur,
or at a purity that is flawless;
we could perhaps enjoy this –
but if this humility,
has not led us to meet goodness;
if the people in our house,
are still as hungry,
just as cold,
if they are still just as sad,
just as gloomy,
if they are still just as alone;
then, though perhaps we may be heroes,
we will not be among those who love God.
For the real virtues are like the ten wise virgins
with lamps in hand who stay huddled by that one door,
the door of love,
the door of concern for our brothers and sisters,
and this door alone opens on the marriage feast where God dines with his friends.”
-Servant of God Madeleine Delbrêl
“There is no great love of God unless a soul is great in offering itself for others”
– Father Donald Haggerty
Be kind to one another,
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