Saturday, March 26, 2011

Love: rules to express

Love is beauty, harmony, faith, tolerance, gentleness and pleasure. And do not waste time looking for definitions for love, like happiness, is not to define it but to feel it, enjoy it ... live it.

Paul, the apostle of love, in his letter to the Romans provides a thorough study of the characteristics of love between human beings and virtually leaves no subject without trying on the noblest of feelings. Let's review some of the reflections of the most important writer of the New Testament:

1. Love must be sincere. Understood, frankly, no hidden agendas, no lies. In true love there can be no lies and betrayal. Nor hypocrisy.

2. Hate evil and cling to the good: the suggestion of former soldier shows us two obligations Tarsus. On the one hand away from evil and all that this word means and, on the other, clinging to the good. The two verbs used, hate and stick, is compelling. According to the dictionary of the Royal Academy is loathe to dislike someone or something and disgust is rejection or disgust at someone or something. In short evil is repelled and it is necessary to reject it. On the other hand grasp (again according to the dictionary of the Royal Academy) is to grab or grasp tightly. Respect to the property then we are told that we practice with strength and courage.

3. With brotherly love. That is, self-esteem of siblings. And this relationship born two commitments: mutual respect and honor. Respect must be given and received. And the obligation to honor the other will be rewarded with the honor they receive. Everything is set as the measure of strict reciprocity.

4. Never stop being diligent and serve God with the fervor of the Spirit. It is an invitation to be careful, active, ready and willing to act, all in benefit of our fellow man and God, who is recognized as supreme being worthy of obedience.

5. Show joy in hope, patience and perseverance. The joy must be our constant companion in hope, patience in the hard times and processing of suffering and perseverance in intimate proximity, which are sacred and true at times of prayer.

6. Helping the needy and practice hospitality. It is clear that the passive attitude is not recommended in love. So Paul calls us to act and tells us how: to help those who need and providing hospitality to the brethren.

In this way we will fulfill a social obligation but also comply with a superior. Bless, bless and bless. Who? Do our children and family? To our friends? Yes, but we go a little further as the apostle calls us to be more precise, bless those who persecute us.

The issue seems a bit difficult in a world so troubled, that revenge is normal and there are arguments to justify it. But the Bible lesson is clear: the persecuted should bless his pursuer.

And if we remain doubts repeated later: "bless and curse not." In other words, we can attract good or evil. About us and others. But we have no choice. As children of God we are obliged to exclude from our lexicon the curses and become wise gardeners dedicated to sow seeds of blessing. Loving others is not, therefore, a charity. It is the fulfillment of an order of Supreme Commander. And one way to become more human.