Developing Your Spiritual Core - THE BASICS

Developing Your Spiritual Core - THE BASICS


“Love God; love your neighbor as yourself.”

These seven words are the basis of three major religions (in historical order) —Judaism, Christianity and Islam. These ideas, principles, commandments, make sense right away! However, we realize pretty quickly that living them out is a bit more of a challenge.

Over the next few weeks, I will offer some thoughts to deepen our understanding of each part, as well as give an idea or two about how to live them out.

To begin, I’d like to talk about the word “love”. The first thing that comes to mind for most of us when we hear the word “love” is a positive, emotional connection. It’s not a bad place to start, if we understand that God loves us and we can love God the same way—with warmth and closeness.

If we had a warm and close connection with all people and they for us, life would be quite wonderful! But we know from our experiences—as parents, as members of families, as citizens of communities and of the world—that personal warmth goes only so far.

There is, however, an aspect of love that is deeper than feelings, that is strong and principled and will not give up. When we understand this other way—the way God loves us — we can know that we belong, that we are cared for, even when we don’t necessarily feel it. Because we are loved, we too can love.

Next week: Love God!
- Rev. Dirk Jessen