Sunday, May 2, 2010

To Love or Not to Love

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35

Do we love because we are told to do so? Or do we love because it is our responsibility to do so? Love is a commandment and a commitment. Love is a contract between two human beings or a human being with the supreme being. And love rules. There is no doubt that love is the only rational thing why people would do irrational things in the name of love.

Do you love because you wanted to be loved back? Or do you love because you chose to? Love is the very source of life. There is no life if love didn't exist. Love is in existence because two human beings acknowledged the power of love. There is no doubt that love is one of the reasons why some people can get unreasonable.

Do I love because I am scared to be alone? Or do I love because I have love to give? Love comes from free will. Love should be unconditional. And love is free. There is no doubt that love makes the world go round. However, you cannot love if you don't love yourself. Well, you cannot give what you don't have, right?

But the commandment of love was given to guide human beings to conduct themselves according to the real purpose of love. Unconditional love is still "in". It is still the most sought-after emotion due to it's historical orientation dating back to the Old Testament. It is still the "hype" in this love-starved generation of disoriented disciples misled by modernity and materialism. And love is the most valuable commodity that one should invest on if he wants to inherit the richness of heavens.

To love or not to love... it is a choice. We always have a choice. And we can always make a choice. Love... live... and love living.

Do all things with love.
Og Mandino


betchai said...

Ruthi, again striking words and photos, love love your photos dear friend, so wonderful. i love because i have so much love to give :) and love makes our world a more beautiful and peaceful place to live in

Ruthi said...

@Betchai... I agree with you. Love... love... and love more.

kulasa said...

halu Ruthi! looking at the photos felt like dancing up in the air! and to read the words love love love love love...makes my heart sing! you are such a wonderful person i would love to love and love and love over and over again! thank you for being my friend!

Icy BC said...

Beautifully written, Ruthi! It's worth to take a deeper look at this subject.

Jade said...

Dear Ruthi,

I love the photos and the words that go with it. It's really something. Keep it up!

rainfield61 said...

We love because we are fated to love each other.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

God is love, perhaps some cannot love because they do not know God?

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