The Nobility Of True Love
Being a king or queen of heaven, isn't about wearing designer robes or a gold crown, or living in a castle or riding around in limos.
The true way of eternal life, is about being an absolutely perfect gentleman or gentlewoman of absolute, true love, and your kingdom, is your self, that is governed and ruled, in your every thought, word and deed, by the majestic virtues (characteristics) of true love and with self-control.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these thingsPhilippians 4:8
Here's an extract from the movie "King Ralph", starring John Goodman: (Do you think His name is coincidental? I think not...)
RALPH: "What is it that a king does all day?"
CEDRIC: "Scarcely a minute of your day is unaccounted for. Nevertheless, what you do is not as important... as what you are."
RALPH: "What am I?"
CEDRIC: "To be the king of England (read heaven)... is a responsibility like no other on Earth. You must become a symbol... of all that is best about England (heaven). An embodiment of our history, our culture, our morality, our pride of achievement. In short, our ideal of civilization. You must, in the harsh light of public scrutiny, exhibit all of our virtues and none of our shortcomings."
RALPH: "I thought all I was supposed to do... was dress up and wave. I don't even know what our virtues are."
CEDRIC: "You will learn soon enough. I'm afraid it's a god's burden to bear. Unfortunately, it must be borne by a man."
PRIME MINISTER: "Good evening, Your Majesty."
CEDRIC: "It's not enough to be king. You must look and ACT like one."
If you've read my writings, about how the heart and mind of man is ruled by the sinful, instinctual nature of "the flesh", then you ought to understand how the following snippet from the movie, which comes after Ralph finds it all too hard to manage and abdicates his throne, in an address to parliament, relates to what I've been saying.
RALPH: "As happy as I am about all this, it doesn't make up for my shortcomings as a king. I have done my best to learn the ways of royalty, to try to be the kind of king you could be proud of. But I'm afraid my best will never be good enough. Too often, my personal instincts conflict with my obligations. For that reason, I have decided to give up my throne."
Yes in-deed, so many give up their throne, because they find it just too hard to overcome their instinctual nature and "exhibit all of our virtues and none of our shortcomings".
If you want to live in an ideal world (civilization), you have to fulfil your obligations...
Let those who have the ear to hear and eye to see, get the bigger picture...
Virtue of the Week
Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up...you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseveranceRomans 5:3