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All who live in love live in God

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.

So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus did in this world. — 1 John 4:16

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Genuine gratitude is not a bargain with the almighty universe

Our intuition always shows us what does us good. So it isn’t surprising that gratitude has become a lifestyle in the world of today that is all about seeking ways of living a happy life.

But gratitude is first and foremost to God. It stems from a life-changing relationship with Him when He calls us and we surrender to his eternal love. Because who else would we go to? It is Jesus who has the words of eternal life. Even knowing this comes as a revelation from God.

We become grateful to God for everything in our lives, including what we perceive as bad, because God gives us the understanding that all things contribute to our good in as much as we love Him and want to do His will.

This gratitude does not seek rewards. It does not seek happiness as the materialization of the “enlightened state” of being “grateful”. In fact, it is simply a humble attitude before God that naturally unfolds in us because we trust that He is giving us every experience necessary to transform us into the perfect and eternal expression of Himself.

What does this gratitude have to do with the trendy “gratitude” of nowadays? Nothing. Because being grateful now comes with the expectation that if we are grateful for what we have, greater things will happen in our lives.

In other words, this trendy “gratitude” is nothing but a bargain. A bargain with an “almighty universe” where cause and effect lord it all along with its pagan spirituality derivates: karma, law of attraction, quantum physics etc.

Is that really gratitude? Far from it. It is easy to be grateful when everything is going well or if there is the prospect of turning things around in a direction that we desire to go when things are not going well.

Here’s the thing: genuine gratitude does not seek rewards. Were we called to live our lives being grateful for what we have and at the same time look at it as milestones towards what else we can get?

In the pursuit of worldly riches, we end up losing our spiritual (true) selves and finding death. It is the same death Jesus saved us from, but that we keep seeking through our material wants again and again and again.

Why pursue worldly riches that leave us feeling empty, meaningless and hopeless, when we can enjoy an eternity of peace through God? All we have to do is want it. And His grace will fill us up with His love until we overflow with it and become His lights in this world of darkness.

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Moments of disconnection?

At times I become so involved in the pragmatism of everyday life that it seems I experience moments of disconnection from God. The full weight of the world then nearly crushes me and I am reminded of what it used to be like to live life as an atheist: the lack of purpose, the superficial love and the absence of genuine peace of mind.

It is such a blessing to be touched by the Holy Spirit to believe. And what a bliss it is to know in my soul that God loves me, forgives me and leads me to a peaceful place in my soul. Quantum Mechanics is just beginning to understand the powerful force that connects everything and everyone in the world. If you’re curious about the idea of connectedness, check out ‘quantum entanglement’ – it’s fascinating.

So do we experience moments of disconnection? No, I don’t think that’s possible.

However, we do become much more aware of how our very existence impacts others, so in spite of all our efforts to grow and become balanced, we still hurt and are continually hurt by others. It’s the nature of our connected world. And whatever it is that creates that ‘hurt’ feeling comes around and goes around similarly to a ‘law’ of physics that we absolutely cannot dodge!

Counterbalancing the hurt with love and forgiveness always does the trick. And the good news is that it becomes easier with time! For me it takes a few hours and, worst case scenario, a few days. Definitely an improvement from years!

Life is such a beautiful creation. And our connection with God unlocks only a small part of its beauty. But when I say ‘life’ I really mean what’s beyond what we’ve set up here on Earth as ‘life’: this is not really ‘life’, this is just survival!

So what’s that feeling of disconnection all about? That’s when the body takes over. And it isn’t that the soul is pure, it isn’t. But the body will pass, so it is only reasonable to face it as a vessel and make sure that our connection with the soul is always at maximum strength.

I imagine this sensation of disconnection to be a little like when dust causes an electric device to malfunction. There’s so much dust in the air it’s expected to happen, but be quick to clean up your device!