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Can we really love someone we do not know?

Is it possible to love someone we really do not know?  The answer is a resounding yes!  As believers, the depth of our love-relationship with Jesus grants us the ability [by His Spirit] to love the good, the bad and the ugly (figuratively speaking).  But how do we get to that level of loving someone we do not really know?

The answer comes when we begin to develope intimacy with God. When we learn God's character [love] by spending time with Him we begin to love others by His standards, not ours.  Take for example your relationship with your spouse. Through courtship with one another there was a time of intentionally seeking out the other person -- by telephone, spending time alone with one another, learning about the other person's background, family and so forth.  Well, it's no different with God and our relationship with Him. 

He wants us to know Him intimately so that as we abide in Him, we can begin to extend the same love to others.  It's contagious! ... and quite frankly, the most beautiful way to live as His children.  Spending time in His Word, in prayer and in His Presence should be our daily routine and personal prerequisites -- make this your standard and watch what happens!

GBY!  Barbara :) 


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Comment balloon 24 commentsBARBARA RIES • May 23 2008 05:05AM

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Great post and mindset. If you have achieved acceptance and love of all you can have a true peace!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Advanced Building LLC) about 10 years ago

Thank you Jim for the post! :) Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Barbara, Very nice and well said.  As we walk with the Lord daily and are transformed into becoming more and more Christ like, we will not be able to help but to love others.  I find myself praying and even feeling compassion for those I see walking on the streets, the hookers around my workplace, the homeless, the children, the abused animals, the relatives of those who passed, even though I may have barely known the person.  God is teaching me to view these as my brothers and sisters, who maybe with a little love and compassion and prayer, they may find there way back home. 

May God always keep us humble and meek, so that we can see others at thier own level and not thinking we are better than them, and look down on them.  Maybe God has placed us there at that time, to help that person in someway.  If we are humble and filled with love and compassion, we will be able to see the opportunity, and not just walk on by without a thought.  God bless you.

Posted by Earl Sorrells-Palmdale, "The Pearl", Rosamond, Lancaster (Coldwell Banker Hartwig) about 10 years ago

Barbara...good insite.  Guess I hadn't thought of it that way before.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 10 years ago

Hi Earl: Thank you for your thoughts and post.  It is all about LOVE and making HIM our agenda each and every day. Blessings to you!

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Hi William and thanks for your post.  God = Love is the way I look at HIM. :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Great post.  Spending time in His Word and prayer will make us more Christlike.  Thanks for the reminder...  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Hi Debi!  The best thing about my day is when I read His "love letters" to me. Have a blessed day! :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Barbara,

You have a gift of explaining complex things in such a simple understanding way. Thanks

Posted by Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert (RE/MAX Results) about 10 years ago

Hi Chuck:  Blessings to you brother and praise the Lord for He is a good Teacher. :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Barbara, nice post! Very well said & so true!  If we could just move the scales from our eyes and allow God to work THROUGH us, what a difference we could make for His kingdom! THANK YOU!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) about 10 years ago

Thank you for the post Don and so true. Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Barbara ~ You are a woman after my own heart. Thank you for the post. God Bless

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Good seeing you again!  We just keep running into each other.  I believe you are very correct in your post.  All relationships are courtships in the beginning.  Good way of putting it.  See you around!   JENNIFER

Posted by Jennifer Kladny (Premier Servicing Company, LLC) about 10 years ago

Hi Jennifer! Great to hear from you again and thanks for the post.  We'll connect by phone soon, I'm sure.  Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

This is the true measure of love...as defined and practiced by Jesus; why not us too? TFTP

Posted by Pete Rondello Sr (Coldwell Banker Mulleady Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Pete: Thanks for the post!  What does TFTP mean? Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

ABSOLUTELY.....

Posted by Lisa Edwards (Aloha Coast Realty, LLC) about 10 years ago

Hey Barbara, very well said. I wish I could do that more consistently, but I'm still struggling with it I'm afraid. I've made some improvements, but I guess I'll just have to keep at it one day at a time and see where God takes me. It's been a very interesting life so far and appears to be getting better. BTW, I have no idea what TFTP means either. Anyone care to fill us in?

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Carol: I know for myself that when I began to spend time with God His Presence became more real. By the way, TFTP means "Thanks For The Post."  Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Wow, now that's really cool.  :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

I agree. Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

Audrey is coming over tomorrow, how about we call you sometime in the late afternoon? It's a shame she doesn't practice in PA. If she did, our attorney issue would be solved. Oh well... I'm still looking for that PA lawyer and I bet I'll find one. Just wait and see... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Hi Carol! God is faithful.  I trust Him. Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) about 10 years ago

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