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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Let Us Intellectualize Love

Updated on August 7, 2016

Perhaps we could question if the child loves the parent more or the parent loves the child more.

Does greater knowledge produce greater love or the opposite.
Does greater knowledge produce greater love or the opposite. | Source

Some things are fun to think about and not argue about.

Sometimes it is good to stretch the brain on a subject which is so often spoken of, yet the conversation is not about the same thing at all.

Just to start us out with a fun thought let us look at this very popular not so new notion of mindfulness and being in the now. Take any notion that you want to about love. There are something like 20 different words for love in early texts of the Bible. So let us just pick one. A mother’s love for her daughter. Keep in mind our being in the moment concept. Mother says to daughter “I love you”. Well if you take the being in the now concept to logical absurdity that love the mother speaks of changes within the time it took mom to say it.

Love is a flowing fluid concept. It is not an attainable goal or a space to be in that is static. Just take the obvious. Become married and “in love” for say fifteen years. If you were to suggest that your love is the same as the day you fell in love, one would need to seriously question your intelligence as functioning. What would be the chance of loving your 12 year old the same as you loved them when you actually birthed them?

My now 6 year old has had a favorite question game for a few years now. He started out asking me what my favorite (fill in the blank) was. I insisted that that was a silly question. That he had to ask what my favorite was “right now” or “today”. Yes indeed some days I just love the color orange and on any other given day love the color blue. How can one not love a beautiful spring morning and yet equally love to take a walk on a star filled snow coated night.

Let us take a break and enjoy this wonderful song about love. That helps one to view love as being alive.

Maybe not "alive" but most assuredly not dead!

I loved this son when I cut his umbilical cord.

I cannot say I love him more now, but I have spent 30 years loving him now.
I cannot say I love him more now, but I have spent 30 years loving him now. | Source

I cannot separate love from rejoicing.

I cannot help it. Every day I recite this scripture to myself. Perhaps it is just too short for most and so discarded as of minimal importance. To me it means more than the thousands of words from the Old Testament. 1 John 4:7-8 “7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Now too many people will tell me that this has to be taken in the context of a father who loving his son will discipline him and punish him for bad deeds. Fine and dandy. But boy o boyo I can tell you that that is the exception to the rule from my father to me and me to my children. In my experience guilt was not even used as a tool to correct. The showing of true concern and the pointing out of errors has always been plenty of “punishment” in my life. “Oh please help me, dad is going to give me a lecture”. “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24 is really cool about love. I do not know anything about rods other than fishing rods and iron work rods. Must have been something like a staff that a father would slam down on the ground to get their child’s attention. But I can read loud and clear “but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them”. “Careful” is a great word. When I am filled with care I act in love.

And then there is this other scripture that us crazy Christians love to read at weddings and such. It describes what love is all about. Let us not just repeat it here but rather pull out the words used to describe it. Patient, kind, no envy, no boasting, honors, no self-seeking, no vainglory, no records of wrongs, rejoices in truth, protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres and never fails. However all the other stuff can fade away in a heartbeat and is only of passing value. Well I don’t know about you but if I am busy doing all that good stuff I ain’t got no time at all for the bad.

Let me just interject here; my wife loves me too much, she is always insisting I take good care of myself. Oh yeah that reminds me of the closet hanger rod I have to adjust.

Here is a different kind of song on love that comes from a genre that is not my norm.

Funny thing when I was playing this this morning, my young son came in and told me he loved this song. He just loves love.

Yes it is good for a man to be loved --

But there is no greater joy for a man than to have his family love one another.
But there is no greater joy for a man than to have his family love one another. | Source

Perhaps "free will" is really only our choice of how much to love.

Now let us get one thing out of the way. This physical activity rightly called sex. Sex is an act. Writing an article is an act. Cooking is an act. Shoot, cleaning dishes is an act. For one of those really good moments the other day I found myself really thinking about how cleaning the dishes and the kitchen keeps my family healthy and makes cooking more enjoyable. For at least a moment I introduced love into my cleaning and instead of a chore it became something caring for my family. A chore was transformed into an act of love. Well there you have it with sex. Just a physical act unless transformed through love and then a glorious union. Don’t let anyone tell you that there is confusion between lust and love. You know the difference and I know the difference.

An area of some debate about God is centered around a notion of a “being”. I understand that at some point in time folks just could not grasp the concept of something not having anthropomorphic qualities. So much of our historical portions of the Bible kind of suggest the idea of a dude sitting on a big throne with qualities closer to Zeus than love. This vision of Christ sitting at the right hand of the Father. As though they were really two guys just sitting there. That must be smashed in order to understand that God is Love.

But here is the fun part about the concept of “being”. We use it two ways. He is a being. And, he is being in love. Being in the moment. Love is being, not a being.

Back to love and God. There is this really cool reality that stems from Latin and Greek words that are nearly identical. The idea that when two “forces” are combined they create a force more than just the combination of the two. It applies in everything from sports to medicines to electrical power sources. We call it synergism. So clear is the idea that a coordination of applied work at a task can accomplish more than applied work not in cooperation and coordination it cannot be argued against in sanity.

Well just imagine for a moment that all 7 billion of us have some love. I believe it is true. Imagine that there is no wall between the love of people. If love is as described above then all the love is working toward the same end. Consider for a moment the synergistic effect of such free flowing yet coordinated love. Now assume that we must give this idea of being a name. Well I think we could rest assured that it would be all powerful (omnipotent) and everywhere (omnipresent). Dare we call it God?

God is personal. Love is personal. And yet they are shared and share the same attributes. Or is that one little phrase in the Bible telling us the real whole story? God is Love.

Let me leave you with this thought. I have tried for decades to be in control. It almost seems like a hit or miss deal, I have controlled and I have lost control. But I have found that I am in complete control over my love. If I choose to I can “be in” love. Today I chose love. Please join me.

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      whonunuwho 10 months ago from United States

      Great sermon and wonderful pics, Eric my friend. So well done. Thanks for sharing. whonu

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      Mel Carriere 10 months ago from San Diego California

      Have you ever thought, Preacher, that by having only one word in the language for love we cheapen its value? We use the same word for sex as we do for the love we feel for our family, and the beautiful word becomes stained through association? Maybe we should brainstorm some new words for different kinds of love, then copyright them and make tons of money.

      I'm kind of drifting from the spirit of the sermon again, I'm afraid. As usual your words are salve for an aching soul. Happy Sunday to you over there in the Sprung Valley, where the summer sunshine was not as punishing as usual when I passed through on the 125.

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      Norine Williams 10 months ago

      "This vision of Christ sitting at the right hand of the Father. As though they were really two guys just sitting there. That must be smashed in order to understand that God is Love."

      Amen!

      There is "ONE" SPIRIT!

      Revelation 4:2 "And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and "ONE" sat on the throne."

      "Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24!

      PRECISELY! Do you see why I continue to give HIS WORD? "Discipline from GOD!"

      Eric, I don't know what your illness is, but I pray from the bottom of heart that you regain your health and "the eyes of your heart be enlightened" (Ephesians 1:18) to TRUTH in HIS WORD before you leave this world as I do for ALL!

      LOVE

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whonu, it always just warms my heart to hear from you. Thank you for coming by and letting me know - I am smiling.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, I like your idea about using more words to speak of the type of love we refer to. My fear on that is if someone misspeaks then the PC police will show up at their front door with a warrant to search their hearts.

      Most definitely our weather is back to ridiculously beautiful. But it takes a few days for my attitude to catch up.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Norine. It is good of you to read and comment on this important matter.

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      No matter how bad a situation, or your day starts out, you can change the whole outcome by bringing love into it. I like your reference to doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen with love instead of treating it as a chore..I will do just that from now on.

      I just had some disturbing news from my eldest son, he asked my advice on something and asked me not to tell anyone else. It is something that I find very disturbing but I will see if I can find the answer using love as a basis. Thanks once again, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, I screw up plenty. But it rarely happens when I reflect before action. I am sure the reflection in and of itself is good. But I just don't seem to be able to reflect without love creeping in there somehow.

      My eldest (31) and I have settled into a nice habit when we call each other up with issues. Seems that if we just listen and let the other talk the answers come from within,

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      Linda Lum 10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Love, what a wonderful topic on which to ponder, to meditate, reflect. It is the total sum and substance of what we really are, what God is, and our relationship with Him and He with us.

      Love is not a one-size-fits-all. It is not something that is cast in stone, unchanging.

      The love we have for those in our lives is a fluid, living thing--it changes, blossoms, grows, ebbs and then peaks again. Love is a constant moving thing like the waves on the ocean or the winds that envelope the earth. Sometimes a gentle ripple or a towering wall of water; sometimes a soft breeze or the roar of a hurricane.

      And, everything in between.

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, buddy, my love is in the hospital, so I have moved beyond intellectualizing and I'm into full-fledged feeling. :) You know I love your message.

      blessings and love to you and yours

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, I once had a teacher mentor of sorts and he made me write out a gratitude list. It was lengthy. He rejected it twice as incomplete. Then it finally hit me that my life was just the same for many years but now I was grateful for it. So then I realized that being grateful was what I was most grateful for. That carries into love for me also. I am so blessed to feel the love. You spread it and I feel it -- thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, I got to tell you the truth here. When I work at and write such a piece it can actually mess with my feeling the love. My brain interferes with my heart function. This is fun but.... I would normally rather just go with the flow.

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      Devika Primić 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely pics! You write with such appreciation!

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      thank you Devika it is good to hear from you, I pray all is well.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, no wonder your son loves love; so does his dad. You present many aspects of this wonderful topic for consideration. To begin with, "Love is being, not a being;" now to reconcile that with "God is love."

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kind of cool Dora. Love as an adjective a verb or as a noun? My elder son likes to delve into the notion that love is so powerful that it is actually "a" being in and of itself. Kind of a matter/energy synthesis. Which if you think about it -- that is what a human "should" be.

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      manatita44 10 months ago from london

      The second video is very much alive and the mother and child's Love is God's perfect image here in the material world, only excelled by that of the Seer; the God-man.

      Your wife and baby truly have the gift of smile, that inner beauty which is quintessentially immaculate and derives from the Mansion of the Soul.

      This one is for me one of your very best, up there with so many excellent and supreme ones that you have written. Perhaps it is because you're dealing with my subject, this one that I know so many of my Friends here ...yes... got it? LOVE.

      Just one small detail, perhaps. We differ occasionally, although perhaps we don't really. Just semantics. I always feel that I'm in control of nothing, especially Love. I don't wish to limit it. I just wish to be the servant of the servant of Ram. But I think I know what you mean or meant. Jai to Love! Glory Be!

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita, it is great to hear from you as I finish my morning prayers and meditations. You hit on "control". I like "let go, let God". We are faced with having that modicum of control to step into action. But we must be ever so careful as to not fall into the trap of controlling outcome and others. It is so cool that if I commune/connect with my God the love flows. If I allow distance or barrier, the love dries up. What a blessing to be able to put it in God's hands.

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      Eiddwen 10 months ago from Wales

      Oh how nice to be back and what a wonderful sermon. Loved it and left much food for thought.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really cool Eiddwen, it is nice to have you back. Thank you for coming by and leaving an uplifting comment.

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      Dana Tate 10 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      It reminds me of a saying we have in church, "Do everything to the glory of God" I have learned to appreciate life in so many small ways just by being glad I am alive to do them. Beautiful Sermon, my friend, thanks for sharing.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, I met with some buddies this morning and we chatted away on the topic of gratitude. We all just walked away knowing we could not count the ways we have been blessed. The best is being able to do for the Glory of God.

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      Your photos are wonderful examples of love. I love your little six year old's question. I am hearing your message with great enthusiasm.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dianna, I just spent about four days completely out of touch and in the wilderness with my elder son. He is a poet and a musical composer. And who knows what I am. But we spent a great deal of time just talking through notions of love. We have only just begun to learn about love.

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      Word 10 months ago from Chicago

      Hey Eric, it's always good to talk about love. You obviously have a wonderful and extra special relationship with your son and wife. The way you share your love, no one can dispute. You even show a great demeanor here on hp. How blessed you are to be one of God's own.

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Word you really touch my heart here and I thank you. I count it a luxury in my life that I am surrounded by such love. Just moments ago I finished a dinner with my small family and we were all feeling a little overwhelmed with our blessings.

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      Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

      Its amazing how much your sermons touch.. I read this a few days back and was too busy to comment.. but it felt good reading it again.. bless you my friend :)

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Frank -- please publish another of your works - I am up for another Atanacio. I am told I need to stop thinking so much. I have to think on that one.

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      Lawrence Hebb 9 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric!

      I get where you're coming from, but for me, Love will always be an act of the will. Love is because I choose to love every day

      Not easy at times but it sure beats the other option!

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 9 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes Lawrence I see your point. I kind of have a weakness in the will department. Sometimes mine runs amok. So I have to start out each day asking that His will not mine be done.

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