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

actively and passively

the love Jesus demonstrated.

John 13:34-35

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 Him 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 they either consciously learned or “socially inherited.” 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 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, the opposite this life purpose statement.

There may be a need to communicate correction. There is always a way to communicate this, so the person receiving the correction feels that it comes from a heart that truly loves him. Just being in the presence of a loving person may correct someone.

Love

Paul defines love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. [() contain a fuller gloss 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)
  4. Love does not brag (does not heap praise on one’s self)
  5. Love is not arrogant (not conceited)
  6. Love does not act unbecomingly (behave disgracefully)
  7. Love does not seek its own (does not devote serious effort to realize self-centered desire)
  8. Love does not get easily provoked (does not get irritated or angry)
  9. Love does not take into account a wrong suffered (does not let one’s mind dwell on)
  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 universal reality)
  12. Love bears all things (keep confidential, pass over in silence)
  13. Love believes all things (considers positive reports to be true till 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 (do not lose its existence or value)

Jesus demonstrated

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

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