Monday, 2 July 2012

LOVE DOES NOT BOAST

a  heart
There is a habit which we have yet to overcome, one that can be very annoying, that is the disposition of many to talk about themselves, or problems encountered on a daily basis. There is another habit we have to strive also to overcome and it is selfishness. We can become so consumed with self to the exclusion of others and their problems. However I do not think that those who participate in this habit are aware how irritating it can be to others. This displays our weakness, and can be a very unpleasant way to gain attention.


How can we learn to forget self and concentrate on helping others instead. After all our happiness comes from the respect we gain from others.  None of us can ever be unhappy when we are loved by many people. And being loved by others means that it has to be earned. We should strive to love people and speak of them with praise, not to wait until they do something of which we disapprove, and then we dislike them and speak ill of them. When God dwells in our heart it becomes difficult to condemn others.

So how do we educate our mind to be aware of the needs of others; to be more mindful of the less fortunate? Expressing loving as well as gentle thoughts towards those who irritate us? We are told to keep our heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life. Therefore training our heart to think pure thoughts and showing compassion for each other is the best place to start; guiding our tongue to silence, can prove a difficult but not an impossible task. Only through constant exercise of self control can we move forward.

What a world this would be if all decided to watch to guard against selfishness? This no doubt would contribute to the secret of happiness, as we endeavour to learn the divine lessons of sacrifice. We all have to evaluate our attitude towards each other by asking ourselves some personal pertinent questions and searching ourselves to ensure that our thoughts of, and acts toward others are prompted by unselfish love.

"Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends." Let us fill the mind with pure and great thoughts.

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