I agree with you Maria,I am having a similar experience currently and came to the conclusion that we all are different and react differently to each situation.I may have a gift of listening,caring and generally empathising with the sick and needy but my sibling can also use his particular gift which can also benefit the same needy person but in a different way.
Our religion teaches us not to be judgemental but be understanding and accept for what others are.Forgiving others easily frees us to experience life fully and in contentment.
I fully agree with. David Dean's descriptionof listening attentively;however it is not easy so one needs to practise,beginning with family members at home and then in other social activities.In the above ,one has to totally focus,with body,mind and spirit to someone speaking,it is showing love and respect to the other person.
A great definition of attentive listening,David !
I think it is really hard to beat the definition of real love as given by Jesus,in treating others as ourselves and even doing good to those who are your enemies and hate you.Treat every other human being as a child of the same God as yours.Put the interest of others before yours.
To summarise,our love for others need to unconditional and sacrificial,even to the point of dying for ones fellow men.
It is interesting that the topic of love has come up for us all to read and think about especially at this time, soon after Easter.
Good Friday and Easter Monday continues to remind us all -the depth of love God had,has and will have for us-the seven billion odd people of this earth, whom he has created in love and for us to love Him and one another. It was the sacrificial love that drove Jesus Christ willingly to the horrible death and shame of the cross.The Christian concept of God epitomizes the Real Love and we can all say that "God is Love indeed"
Please read in the Bible 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 verses 1-13 for fuller definition of the Christian concept of LOVE.
No human being can outgive God, please reflect on the following:
During this season of Christmas, we need to pause and meditate on the real reason for Christmas celebration is the birth of Jesus-God himself coming into this earth in the form of a human being so he could give himself away for the love of children(mankind)and they would learn forgiveness of sins and receive salvation.
Jesus is God's gift to mankind and there is nothing we can do to earn it but repent and believe in him.
As Christians, we have been taught to cry with the ones who are crying and laugh with the ones who are laughing.Sadly the state of the world is such that there are more reasons to cry than to laugh-more misery about than comedies to laugh at !
Paul Ferrini's comments are so true and we need to apply that in our daily lives whenever we interact with fellow human beings-this will bring about peace and harmony and the real happiness,we all seek.
Two thousand years ago Jesus preached to all to "love one another as I have loved you "-His love was unconditional,His patience,mercy, compassion ,kindness and healing were all,unconditional.
Mother Theresa also practised the above and we know the influence she had in this world for the poorest of the poor.