Friday, February 11, 2011

All is Full of Love

"[Love is] something like the clouds that were in the sky before the sun came out. You cannot touch the clouds, you know; but you feel the rain and know how glad the flowers and the thirsty earth are to have it after a hot day. You cannot touch love either; but you feel the sweetness that it pours into everything."

~Annie Sullivan

Just as earth needing rain, We, as humans, need love. It is truly how we survive and thrive just like our need for water. We search for ways to fulfill that need or emptiness in all aspects in our lives. There are so many types of love and so many ways to feel love. Love for friendship and family, love for animals, love for nature, and if we believe we are God's children, we feel love for God and our Savior. And in the end, when we are brought before our maker, all that it comes down to is love. We will be judged by how we have loved. He will ask us how we have loved one another and shown love to His earth He created for us. Love is being able to forgive and love those who offend us or hurt us. To love everyone despite differences and love unconditionally. Our Savior still loves those that betrayed Him and crucified Him. "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

His love is endless for each of us and He has shown that love through His perfect example during His life, ministry and through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. "Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered." 2 Nephi 2:7
That love He has shown through His great sacrifice allows us to make a true, yet simple sacrifice to show our great love for Him in return. All He asks us to have is a broken (meaning humble) heart and a contrite (repentant) spirit. Meaning to serve Him and follow Him by serving and loving one another. Simply to live for Him. And He will bless us. "But blessed are the poor who are pure in heart, whose hearts are broken, and whose spirits are contrite, for they shall see the kingdom of God coming in power and great glory unto their deliverance; for the fatness of the earth shall be theirs." Doctrine & Covenants 56:18

We cannot fill that void for love until we recognize God is love. And we strive to be filled with the pure love of Christ and show it in our words and deeds. For God is the author of love. He created love. And that gift of pure love is there if we seek for it. We all have the ability to feel His love individually. Nothing and no one can take that away.

Primary songs always say it simply and perfectly. The song "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus"

"I trying to love my neighbors, I'm learning to serve my friends, I watch for the day of gladness when Jesus will come again, I try to remember the lessons he taught then the Holy Spirit enters into my thoughts saying: Love one another as Jesus loves you, try to show kindess in all that you do, be gentle and loving in deed and in thought for these are the things Jesus taught."

There has been some anguish in my life lately. I feel hurt and betrayed. And the Lord has continued to comfort me and console me to know that I have done what He would want me to do. Forgive and show love, just as the Savior would. And I must continue to have faith and patience and trust that love and peace will be restored. I'm so grateful to feel the love God has for me. He shows it to me in so many ways. The sun is symbolic of His love, it's warmth, it's light, it dispels all gloom and darkness. It shines hope in everyday He grants us live. And it always returns after a rainy day.

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