Divine love, attraction, and healthy relationships are topics, today; and the periodic table for the tests of love and healthy relationship is featured.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “charlene” (Level 1 with 81 points, a member since August 27, 2014) posted the following:

 

Do you believe in love at first sight?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:  and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.  And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.  And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:  and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood:  but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.  (Genesis 22:  1-8, KJV)

 

“charlene”, there are many things that are “real” that can not be easily explained with words.  Here are a few points on love that are important among Christian believers:

(1.)  Love is understood as a process wherein independent spirits contact one another, interact, and are permanently joined on a continuing basis (we say, in stable relationships).  As with many aspects of sacred knowledge within Christian belief, only those who actually have experienced divine love, the sacred spirit that is love, and “love at first sight” may give a reliable first-hand report on what it is like.  I’m convinced that such experiences only occur where one first has been prepared through peculiar emotional, mental, psychological, and spiritual events.

(2.)  What I experienced as “love at first sight” was an immediate sense of mutual acceptance and connection when I was introduced to a stranger.  After some conversation, I found my self embracing this person as a peer and a “soul mate” (someone I felt was my equal in commitment, intellect, purpose, quality, and trust).  This was unasked for and unexpected.  I was surprised, and a little suspicious (believers are cautioned always to try the spirits, whether they be of GOD).  I was challenged to put aside all bias, fear, guilt, prejudice, and shame.  I was challenged to put aside all judgment, and suspend my usual “moves” to impress others by showing off aspects of my mastery of African American heritage, and to completely rely upon GOD, instead.  The love I experienced in that moment, decades ago, is still in effect, and has stood the test of time.  I trust this person continues in my heart and in my thoughts through operations of the Holy Spirit.  By no means was our meeting and sharing with one another the kind of sexual encounter we call a “one night stand.”  Yet, the two of us have not seen one another eye-to-eye, or spent time together in the same place since our first being introduced.

(3.)  Genuine love is immutable, permanent, and unchanging.  As an eternal operation love affirms human existence without condemning any because of finite carnal abilities, needs, possibilities, and understandings.  It is never a mistake to love.  Having a realization of love is also having an awareness of duty and responsibility.  Thus, where it is our purpose to anoint, build, heal, protect, restore, and sanctify, we do not use the language “love at first sight.”  In addition, we are careful not to make excuses, or “explain away” experience as some do who deny miracles by seeking intellectual and scientific answers.  To love is to unselfishly benefit another.  Christians agree that love is more than affection, attraction based upon outward appearance, desire, and emotion.  What else is there?  See the charts below from THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS:  Death, Love and Unity (1998.  Williams, Michael Andrew.  Washington, DC:  THE BLACK PHOENIX PRESS.)  As a content of ones spirit, love is inseparable from faith, holiness, humility, joy, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

 

Love Chart 1

Love Chart 2         Love Chart 3 

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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