Audio from PLIR Prayerful Living Internet Radio. https://prayerfulliving.com/healingmusic/inspiration-weekly.html. This podcast is about “Love from God’s point of view”
For a while you will be getting a new and an old blog/podcast. Audio from PLIR Prayerful Living Internet Radio. https://prayerfulliving.com/healingmusic/inspiration-weekly.html. This podcast is about “What was Jesus’ prediction?”
I’ve blogged about points of view before, but I’m going to put a different slant on it this time. I have learned that it is important to understand from what point of view you are speaking and from what point of view your listener is hearing.
There are three points of view to consider. There is the mortal, the human, and the divine. If someone is speaking from a divine point of view, and you are hearing from a mortal point of view, nothing will make sense. You both need to be on the same level of consciousness to communicate effectively. Most of my blogs are written from two points of view, the human and the divine. I try to show the effect each point of view has on my life experience.
I discovered that it didn’t make sense to me when reading the bible if I was not coming from the same point of view as the writer. They may be coming from a divine perspective while I was reading from a mortal perspective, or the other way around, and nothing but confusion can result.
I want to talk about Love, but first, let me see if I can put the three points of view in perspective.
The mortal point of view refers to the physical sense of being. It declares it is all. It is a picture of the material universe. It seems to be here today and gone tomorrow. In the allegory of Adam and Eve, they were exiled to this place because they disobeyed God. Now humanity knows good and evil and spends its time trying to reconnect with its creator. I will get to the human point of view last.
The divine point of view comes from the perspective of God’s spiritual universe, the kingdom of heaven, where “…we live, and move, and have our being; Act 17:28. God’s spiritual creation is and always has been pure and perfect. The mortal and divine cannot co-exist. Since God is infinite, and we live in that infinitude, there is no room for the mortal to claim any reality. If you are reading this from a mortal point of view, you are probably holding your head, saying, what on earth is she talking about? I can see, feel, hear, taste, and smell everything here. It is real. Yes, if you hold to the mortal point of view, this experience is as real as you make it.
The human point of view stands between the mortal and divine, which is the place of thought and contemplation, where we learn and grow. That is where we hear “the still small voice,” and God communicates with us. That is where change takes place, and that change in our thought and understanding affects the mortal picture. The human point of view is where we become more spiritual, and we exemplify the divine, to the degree, we express God’s qualities. The human body is not physical; it is a mental construct. It is created from our belief and understanding of who we are. Have you heard this before? “As you believe, so be it.” It’s true.
Here is a quote from Mrs. Eddy that helped me understand the unreality of the physical universe. “Mortal mind perpetuates its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it, and then calls it material… Without this force the body is devoid of action, and this deadness shows that so-called mortal life is mortal mind, not matter.” You have heard the term “brain dead,” when the mortal mind no longer functions, the body ceases to exist for that mind ceases to exist. That is proof the mortal mind animates the body, but the spiritual idea hasn’t changed and has moved on to a new level of consciousness. We may still see that body, but for that mortal mind, it no longer exists.
To sum it up, we manifest these three points of view in our experience as follows—the physical, in self-justification, pride, hatred, revenge, and those types of negative qualities. The human point of view is our transitional stage where we develop hope, faith, meekness, honesty, positive qualities of growth. When we reach the divine point of view, the physical point of view disappears. The divine point of view is where things like wisdom, spiritual understanding, power, and love become the most important goals in our lives, and we are forever changed.
Through Jesus’ humanity, he showed us life from a divine point of view.
I hope I have not lost you. I followed this process to obtain healing from the adult effect of child abuse. I moved from the mortal point of view into the divine point of view, and it brought me peace. It changed my human point of view, and my life changed for the better. I am now trying to get a firm footing in the divine point of view. It is not easy to deny the material universe and stand firm in the divine. However, I find it is doable for periods of time. The more I declare the divine point of view, the better my humanity, and the more my divine identity comes into view.
Believe me; I am not there yet. I work on this all the time; however, sometimes, I fail. Mrs. Eddy wrote, “Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth.” She knew it wasn’t easy and didn’t want her followers to become discouraged.
“They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:” Romans 9:8. The more I refused to be tricked into believing what was happening in the physical universe was unchangeable and tried to see it from the divine point of view, the more my human point of view evolved, and I had glimpses of God’s divine creation, and my life became more trouble-free.
I had to choose what was important to me. Was it wallowing in the mortal point of view, watching all the misery, or was it trying to improve my human point of view by seeing life through the divine point of view? I chose the human and divine points of view.
One person at a time changing his point of view, and living by it, will change this world.
Now on to Love. Because of a family situation, I have been thinking about love a lot lately. How to define it? Love is the fulfillment of the law, the solution to the problem, holiness. It is God’s image expressed in my life. What does it mean? When working out a problem, it is the last step in my spiritual growth. The ultimate reality. How do I express it in my life? When I forgave my father for abuse and gave up all the feelings of anger, blame, revenge, etc. I felt the love I had for my father’s true identity as a child of God.
Just recently, I was hurt by the hostility of another family member. I have had a hard time trying to get past it. I shed many tears for several days before I finally got it together enough to realize that I needed to love her and find the spiritual solution to my hurt feelings. I felt unloved. “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” I John 4. Of course, I dwell in Love because I live and move and have my being in God, so I can’t be deprived of love no matter what happens in this material, human experience. Love is the allness and oneness of being, and God and His idea is one. I can’t be separated from the love of God. “God is love.” I John 8.
I started to feel better, but still, occasionally, the emotion and tears would hit me again. Then I realized I was only working on half the problem. I need to forgive this loved family member. I had to give up my hurt feelings as they are impossible from God’s point of view. Love and unlove cannot co-exist. If one is real, the other is unreal. They cannot exist on the same level of consciousness.
Seeing her now from God’s point of view destroyed the mortal point of view, and I saw her as the loving person she really is. As wrote in Acts 20, “remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, it is more blessed to give than to receive.” That made me see that it is my job to love no matter what I receive back.
As I was writing that last paragraph, I got a text from my daughter, who invited me to lunch Saturday. She is reaching out in love and is sorry for the way she spoke to me. That is another proof that changing my point of view does work and is made manifest in my experience here and now. I feel much better now that love has come full circle.
Love is the one thing that was absent from my childhood, and I’ve worked very hard to learn what love is and how to give and receive it. It has made a huge difference in my life. Learning to love is the one thing that has turned my life around.
I hope some of what I’ve said spoke to you. “…Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21, 22)
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36–40)
Always remember, from God’s point of view, love is the most important gift received from Him, and He wants us to share it with everyone. 😊
Have a great day!