All The World's A Stage
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.2 Peter 1:2-4
You can memorise and recite every scripture in the book and understand all it's mysteries (or think you do). However, in eternity, it's all about the nature of things and not what you know, but who you know that matters.
There are two natures (spirits) at war within us, the instinctual nature of the flesh (human nature) and the virtuous (righteous) nature of true love (God's nature), and either of these natures, form our character, from it's characteristics.
The characteristics of God's nature, is absolute, majestic virtuousness, while the characteristics of the instinctual nature, is pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and the fear for survival.
People are so led by their instinctual nature and its pride, vanity and selfish ambition (ego), and so deceived by it, that they think they're in control and directing their own life. Yet if they are so in control, then why are they so unsatisfied, lonely, poor and miserable, and why are so many who are worldly wealthy, this way too?
There's a very simple answer, that everyone knows in their heart of hearts, and it's this.
Every single human being, has the same desire in their heart of hearts, the true desire of the heart, which is to be filled with absolute love, peace, grace, wisdom and joy, and nobody, no matter how brave a mask they wear, is truly happy, unless their true heart's desire is fulfilled and they're only fooling and deceiving themselves, if they think otherwise.
Love IS the one and only true meaning, purpose and way of life.
Only when you understand, that love is the divine nature, the characteristics of which is absolute, majestic virtuousness and that only when you see yourself as an actor and allow your character to be directed by virtue, can you truly "live like a king" and will your heart be filled with true love, etc. Because the absolute truth is, that without virtue, there is no true love, because virtue is it's character, the fruit (characteristics) of the spirit (divine nature) of God (absolute, undying, true love).
You may wonder why, when you put your trust in someone, they end up betraying you in some way. That's because they are not directed (led) by the spirit (nature and characteristics) of true love, but by the instinctual nature of their flesh and you can't trust anyone who's led by their instincts, because they will invariably end up betraying you, to satisfy the characteristic pride, vanity, selfish ambition, lust, desire for creature comforts and/or fear for survival, of their instinctual nature.
Judas Iscariot was the prime example of this. Jesus knew, right from the beginning, that Judas would one day betray Him. Because Jesus (Immanuel), is the absolute, best judge of character and can see right through everyone and what nature they are governed and ruled by.
Right from the beginning, He knew that Judas was only following Him, because he wanted power, glory, fame, fortune, position and authority, because his instincts told him, that if Jesus was the Messiah, the king of the Jews, he would get these things, if he was in the "inner circle".
So why did Jesus let him stick around? Because He wasn't led by the instinctual nature, but by the divine, virtuous nature of God's absolute, true love, which says "love your enemies".
Many people think Jesus didn't know Judas would betray Him, until not long beforehand, because throughout the years of His ministry, He treated Judas no differently to the others. But that's not true, He knew all along and treated Judas no differently, because that's what true love does.
Did He react to Judas' betrayal negatively? Was His pride pricked and wounded, and did He attack Judas for what he did? No, because Jesus was without sin (thoughts that have their Source In Negativity) and had no pride to be pricked. He was not governed and ruled by His instinctual nature, but by God's divine nature of absolute, true love.
What nature governs and rules your life and forms your character?
As for me, I am in the Lord, as the Lord is in me, but I am not the Lord, I am not He. Nor am I a prophet or other such thing, merely a humble actor who follows His direction for my part in His eternal presence, realm and reality of absolute, true love and majestic virtuousness.
Will it cost you, to live for love wholeheartedly, according to true love's absolute, majestic virtuousness (righteousness)? It cost Jesus everything, including His life, so what makes you think you should you be any different? (trick question) Better death before dishonor and to lay it all down for love, than give in to your instincts, for that leads to the death of true love within you and there is no eternal life, without true love, and Jesus knew that, absolutely, beyond the shadow of any doubt.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.Proverbs 14:12
Let those who have the ears to hear and eyes to see, get the bigger picture...
Virtue of the Week
Gentleness is moving wisely, touching softly, holding carefully, speaking quietly and thinking kindly. When you feel mad or hurt, use your self-control. Instead of harming someone, talk things out peacefully. You are making the world a more civil, gentler place.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness (virtuousness), godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.1 Timothy 6:11