Life Purpose

This life purpose is a long stretch for me. I can only hope to demonstrate some of it some of the time. Another term for this could be “Deepest Calling.” The French phrase (raison d’être) for this concept translates to “reason to be,” or “reason for living.” Everybody needs a “reason to be.” A life purpose is different than a “mission statement.” A mission is an objective to be reached. You will know when you achieved it. A life purpose lasts last as long as one has physical life. We have lots of missions to accomplish in life. A life purpose transcends all these ever-changing missions.  

To radiate, to everyone,

both actively and passively,

the love Jesus demonstrated.

John 13:34-35

To everyone

including all of creation, even hurtful things, and all enemies.

Radiate

“Radiate” indicates that love must be an intrinsic part of Jesus’ disciple. It is not a reflected love. Nor is it just an imitated love. Since Jesus resides in the Believer, to radiate Jesus’ love to all is both possible and natural. John 17:22-26

Actively: Your life purpose, as seen by others.

Things we do or say indicate our heartfelt, real emotional love for others. This love is both conscious and unconscious. Meaning  either consciously learned or “socially inherited.” However, we can “play-act” these active things, so we need another way. 

Passively: Your life purpose, as felt by others. 

Love radiated without using any words, or conscious action is passive love. Ever notice how people’s behavior changes when a person they respect is in their presence? Some call this a “presence”; others may call it energy or frequency or sense. In other words, those around need unconditional loving acceptance. One can radiate a neutral or even unloving presence, which is the opposite of this life purpose statement.

There may be a need to suggest a correction. There is always a way to communicate this, so receiving that correction feels that it comes from genuine love. Just being in the presence of a caring person will often correct someone.

Love

Paul defines love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. [() contain a fuller understanding of the Greek term]

  1. Love is patient (bears up under provocation without complaint)
  2. Love is kind (benevolent)
  3. Love is not jealous (of others successes or possessions)
  4. Love does not brag (does not heap praise on one’s self)
  5. Love is not arrogant (it is humble)
  6. Love does not act unbecomingly (behave disgracefully)
  7. Love does not seek its own (does not devote serious effort to realize self-centered desires)
  8. Love does not get easily provoked (does not get irritated or angry)
  9. Love does not take into account a wrong suffered (not a score-keeper of offenses )
  10. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness (that which is not fair to all concerned)
  11. Love rejoices in the truth (truth is what corresponds to verified reality)
  12. Love bears all things (keep confidential, passes over in silence wrongs suffered)
  13. Love believes all things (considers positive reports to be correct until proven false)
  14. Love hopes all things (expects positive outcomes)
  15. Love endures all things (maintains its stand when facing opposition)
  16. Love never fails (does not lose its existence or value)

Jesus demonstrated

Read the first four books of the New Testament, carefully observing Jesus showing love. You will find this love in all the Gospels, especially in the 4th Gospel (John). You will see it in Jesus’ actions and words. You will see people indicating they felt loved, cared for, or at least positively affected by Jesus’ presence. Even when what Jesus had to say was not what they wanted to hear. Also, see John’s first epistle.

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