27 Feb 2012
26 Feb 2012
Watch Full Episode on Sacrificial Love Here:No Greater Love
Read my TRUE STORY on Sacrificial Love Here: The Energy Tree – The Reflection (Happy Birthday Enzo)
John 13:34-35; 15:12-13
I. Introduction: Jesus defined love in terms of sacrificial actions rather than words or emotions. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). The way we treat other people demonstrates to the world that we are followers of Christ. Because He first loved us, we can show love to the undeserving.
II. Four Different Loves
1. Eros includes passion or infatuation as well as sexual or romantic love.
2. Storge refers to the natural affection between a parent and child.
3. Phileo refers to the intimacy that good friends share.
4. Agape is sacrificial love–a commitment that motivates us to deny ourselves on behalf of another. This is the type of love the Lord had in mind when He commanded His followers to love one another.
III. Jesus’ Command to Love
A. This was a new commandment: Christ’s instructions to the disciples raised the standard for how we treat others–thinking of their needs before our own.
B. Jesus told us to love our enemies: That doesn’t mean we have to like how they act or think. However, we are called to love even those who oppose us. Jesus hated the hypocrisy of the temple money changers (Matt. 21:12-13) but still had compassion on them, just as He did on all of Jerusalem (Matt. 23:37-38).
C. The distinguishing characteristic of a believer should be love (John 13:34-35). First Corinthians 13:1 says that if we don’t have love, we are like a noisy gong–loud, unpleasant, and meaningless.
D. We are to walk in sacrificial love. More than our words, our deeds should convey God’s love (Eph. 5:2).
IV. Loving as Jesus Did
A. Selflessly: Jesus “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt. 20:28). Our love should not be centered on what someone can do for us, but how we can bless him or her.
B. Understandingly: Jesus knew the limitations of His followers, which is one reason He was able to have compassion on their failings. We should show the same consideration for those who mistreat us or live sinfully. There is always a reason why people rebel against God. Trying to understand doesn’t change their guilt before Him, but it can help you love more freely. Following the Lord’s example means learning to see people as they are and caring for them anyway.
C. Forgivingly: There are countless ways we can take offense at what others do or say. Forgiveness isn’t usually easy, but someone who genuinely loves will also be forgiving. At the next opportunity to extend mercy, we should remember that Jesus was willing to cleanse us of all our sins. Also, hanging on to bitterness and resentment will negatively affect our health, not just our relationships with God and the offender.
D. Sacrificially: In Mark 8:43, Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” The highest form of love is to lay your life down for another. Genuine love almost always involves some level of sacrifice. That doesn’t mean we must give in to all the demands of others; instead, we should seek to give them what will ultimately be most beneficial.
V. Sacrificial love takes many forms:
1. Husbands or wives might win their spouse for Christ through selfless affection.
2. One particular friend went out of his way to demonstrate God’s sacrificial love to me when I was in college.
3. Godly mothers lay down their life for a season to care for their infants and small children.
4. Servicemen and women risk their life for our country.
VI. Conclusion: Unless you experience genuine affection, you will never know true joy and contentment in life. To love as Christ does and be loved in return is God’s best for us.
At times you might feel left out or all alone. Remember, the Father’s love is always available if you have accepted His offer of a saving relationship with His Son. There is nothing more fulfilling or meaningful than experiencing His divine affection. Draw near to God, and let Him fill your heart with His perfect love.
~Charles F. Stanley – Sermon Outline – No Greater Love
In Light and LOVE,
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25 Feb 2012
WHEN ONE ALMOST LOOSES THEIR LIFE…ONE IS COMPELLED TO SHARE IT
The Energy Tree ~ the reflection -Non-Fiction Auto-Biography ~ Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
ABOUT THE BOOK – We all have a purpose of why we are here. We all have a correction that we are to make and we also have a contract with God that we established before we arrived. Our correction is for the purpose of elevating our soul and is our work here on earth.
When I met Enzo he had only a year to live – he lived for eight. In those eight years the transformation that we both went through was life changing. He was never seeking for the self, always giving, always doing charity in secret, and loving others unconditionally and without judgment of what battles they were facing. I watched him change into a reflection of Christ. Throughout the grieving of his death I searched for truth and understanding of what had taken place and why did such a great man pass?
The Energy Tree – The Reflection is the first in a series of books where I take you through this journey and share with you the reflection on Sacrificial Love – The Highest Form of Love there is. I open my soul and share what I discovered, nearly losing my own life through this transformation.
Book one – (Release Date February 2012) The Energy Tree – The Reflection (taking you through this journey)
Book Two – (Coming Soon) The Energy Tree – The Work (I reveal my guidance from the Light of how to apply this truth)
Dawn Ella is an author, healer, Kabbalistic life coach counselor / mentor, and inspirational speaker whose mission in life is to encourage people to discover their higher self and pursue their dreams. At the age of 30, Dawn had an epiphany, after AwAkening from a coma, she discovered that her purpose is to help others AwAken and assist them in their own healing. From that point on, she has devoted her life to serving this higher purpose. She has learned the most advanced healing modalities and incorporated them into the transformational soul therapy called AwAkening.
Today, Dawn inspires through her writings, AwAkening healing therapy, speaking engagements, volunteer work, and the interaction with others in her daily living. She is dedicated to reaching people in a positive way spreading the Light and assisting others in AwAkening to their highest potential.
Dawn is open to any opportunities that may present themselves to share her message. Whether it is an audience of ten, or ten thousand, she is thankful to be a part of inspiring people to AwAken to their higher self and to see the value in who they are.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, art, dining out, community gatherings, traveling, coffee & conversation, Pilates, yoga, running, spending time in nature and with family. Dawn Ella resides in Naples, Florida.
p.s. I do not consider myself a healer, I can only be the tool channeling the Light to empower you to heal yourself. I can assist you in discovering who you are; I can assist you in clearing blocks that allow more Light to travel through you. I can assist you in AwAkening to your highest potential, allowing one to discover what service we can bring to humanity at this time.
For more information on Dawn Ella, to schedule interviews, speaking engagements, or to make an appointment for I AM AwAkening therapy services or to just to say, Hello, visit one of my web sites!
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” ~Hebrews 6:19(NIV)
Only LOVE can lift the Veil! ~Love One Another
20 Feb 2012
I recently had some of my memory come back to me from 21 years ago. After being in a coma and loosing some of your memory, when it returns it’s a bit overwhelming, no matter how beautiful. In my coping of this new found love of myself that has resurfaced, I use this wonderful video. From Ancient Hebrew prayers of the Ana B’Ko’ach and 72 names of God to the Solfeggio frequency of 528 Hz Sound Healing for the Heart. Spending 10 minutes a day watching this when you first wake…sets the energy for the whole day…Blessings of Light to you!