To love is so simple yet it is usually perceived as a laborious task.
It is laborious when it stems from a lack of love for oneself.
It is laborious when we constantly focus on the flaws of others.
It is laborious when we don’t understand what it means to be loved.
We only love because He, GOD, first loved us. (1 John 4:19). Understanding the depths of His unconditional love is essential in learning how to love.
I went on the Freedom in Christ Course earlier this year, and it was literally liberating. On reflection learning to love others regardless was one of the pivotal points in the course for me. I thought I already knew what it meant to be ‘my brothers keeper’ or ‘to love my neighbour’, but the ‘Paradoxical Commandments’ below cleared my false understanding and established a foundation on which my new understanding of what it means to be the ‘neighbour’ Christ wants me to be has developed.
- People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred.
Love them anyway.
- If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
- If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
- The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
- Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
- The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway.
- People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for the underdog anyway.
- What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
- People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
- Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
When we love others, we are displaying our love for God. So keep loving because God loves it!!!
God bless you!
Source: Paradoxical Commandments from Mother Theresa, and Dr. Kent M. Keith
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Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
Having a psychology degree provides me with a broad scope to experience many industries and fields of work. Although, my main aim is to continuously learn and also to share my knowledge and experience with others, within and beyond the constraints of the psychology community. Hence my pursuit to teach!
Hopefully, the readers of this blog will find that it is infested with a scope of psychological knowledge, with the intention of conveying psychology in such a way that it is interesting and understandable to those who aren’t studying it as a discipline. In addition, you will find that I heavily cover various topics aside of psychology such as, Christianity because I am a Christian. I draw both passions together, Psychology and Christianity, observing how they complement and sometimes clash! This blog is where ‘Psychology meets Scripture’.
As well as teaching Psychology, I know God has called me to do something far greater in this world. My passion is for His Word and to encourage others to read the Bible, fall in love with it, but most importantly…fall in love with The Author! My role of teaching is not limited to psychology. I strongly believe God is stirring up the ‘teacher’ office of the Five fold ministry in me.
I’m a doctor by virtue, healing and performing heart surgery with words of encouragement.
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