Class Notes: 7/14/2010
The believer's advance in the spiritual life establishes capacity for love
In our study of the Doctrine of Love, last time we stopped with the idea that impersonal love is defined as that problem-solving device of the protocol plan of God for the Church that produces unconditional love toward all mankind.
Being impersonal, this category of love places emphasis on honor, integrity, and virtue, rather than the attractiveness of the object.
Impersonal love for all mankind is the ultimate expression of maximum metabolized Bible doctrine circulating by means of the Holy Spirit in the seven compartments of the soul's stream of consciousness.
The objectivity and grace orientation of the spiritually adult believer becomes the expression of virtue in human interaction. It is the ultimate expression of humility in spiritual self-esteem.
The advance to spiritual adulthood is required before there is sufficient capacity from metabolized Bible Doctrine to produces this virtue.
The believer in spiritual adulthood has spiritual self-esteem with it's cognitive self- confidence, as the beginning of the most effective part of impersonal love. Spiritual autonomy with it's cognitive independence perpetuates the function of impersonal love.
Impersonal love has no strings attached to it; it makes no demands. Spiritual maturity, with it's cognitive invincibility, has capacity for the ultimate expression of impersonal love.
Spiritual maturity guarantees that your relationships with people will be absolutely fantastic, and they will never irritate you because you will not permit it.
Remember adversity is what God permits people and circumstances do to you, stress is what you do to yourself when you react to the adversity that God permits.
If people can cause you to have stress under any set of circumstances, you have not yet have capacity from Bible Doctrine to exhibit the cognitive invincibility of spiritual maturity. God provides periodic tests in life in order to demonstrate our cognitive status.
So while personal love in human interaction has no inherent virtue, impersonal love is the maximum expression of virtue toward other people.
Personal love relationships exist in the three categories of friendship, romance, and marriage. Each of the categories of personal love in human relationships are virtue dependent for success.
Therefore, all problems related to human love demand the function of impersonal love for as capacity as well as problem solving. This means that capacity for personal love increases as capacity for impersonal love increases.
Personal love has no capacity to persevere with anyone until cognitive self-confidence is reached and there is no fear of being threatened by anyone.
The status of impersonal love for all human beings is also the status of true humility.
Arrogant people are constantly seeking unconditional love from others, but all they can offer in return is conditional love. The greater one's arrogance the more demands are placed on love.
The lust patterns of arrogance from the OSN include the lust for wealth without honor, success without integrity, promotion without ability, approbation without achievement, love without virtue, sex without happiness.
Impersonal love is a problem solving device in human relationships because virtue resides in the one who is source of the love.
It is as great in your relationship to other people as occupation with Christ is in your relationship to God.
With this virtue, one can love those who are known or unknown, friends or enemies, attractive or repulsive, honorable or dishonorable, loving or hateful, appreciative or antagonistic, rich or poor.
Impersonal love is absolutely necessary for the believer to have sufficient objectivity to get a hearing before the supreme court of heaven. Luke 23:34; Luke 22:42;
Impersonal love is unconditional because of grace orientation that comes from Bible doctrine resident in the soul.
Impersonal love perpetuates its own honor, its own integrity, its own virtue in every stage of the spiritual life, and it does so without retaliation, revenge, prejudice, discrimination, arrogance, hatred, self-righteousness, self-pity, jealousy, implacability, vindictiveness, slander, gossip, maligning, controlling, or judging.
Personal love minus the virtue of impersonal love is weak and unstable because it is vulnerable to both the sins of arrogance and the sins of the emotion.
Gal 5:14; "For the entire Law is fulfilled in one doctrine, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"
This mandate is found first in Lev 19:18, and is quoted in Matt 19:19, Matt 22:39; Mark 12:31; Rom 13:9;
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