Class Notes: 7/25/2010
Impersonal love enables the believer to handle every problem created by anyone with virtue
Rom 13:8; "Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for when he loves the other, he has fulfilled the Law."
When we stopped last time in our study, we had seen that impersonal love is the application to people testing where people either love or hate you. In this testing, the cognitive independence in spiritual autonomy that is exhibited as impersonal love and becomes the source of greatest tranquility in life.
When spiritual autonomy passes the four momentum tests, the believer attains spiritual maturity. In spiritual maturity, the believer has cognitive invincibility that is the greatest of all advantages in life and can handle any problem related to personal love.
We see from this that impersonal love is a functional virtue that is developed in the advance through spiritual adulthood. Initially at the point of spiritual self-esteem, there is a little impersonal love, but by the time the believer reaches spiritual autonomy, there is great capacity from virtue for impersonal love.
In the cognitive invincibility of spiritual maturity, there is even greater capacity from virtue for impersonal love. The happiness, tranquility, and power that comes from impersonal love in spiritual maturity is almost beyond comprehension.
The believer's advance to each stage of spiritual adulthood is the result of the believer passing through successive categories of suffering for blessing. This means that each successive category of suffering for blessing will test and strengthen impersonal love.
In spiritual self-esteem, impersonal love is unstable, but it is protected from arrogance by providential preventative suffering.
In spiritual autonomy, through the momentum testing of people and system testing, impersonal love becomes very strong and becomes a source of great happiness and contentment.
There is greater happiness and contentment from impersonal love toward all than from personal love towards a few because impersonal love is independent while personal love is dependent. Impersonal love is in control but personal love cedes control so impersonal love is strong while personal love is weak.
Evidence testing is the challenge to spiritual maturity. As we have seen with Job, when all your friends and loved ones turn against you and accuse you, you really need the cognitive independence and autonomy of strong impersonal love.
Spiritual self-esteem has personal love for God as a motivational virtue but it has not yet fully attained the complete deployment of impersonal love. It is only after the believer passes providential preventative suffering and attains spiritual autonomy that they have sufficient capacity from personal love for God to consistently function with impersonal love for all.
Only believers in spiritual autonomy possesses the spiritual strength to consistently fulfill the divine mandates regarding impersonal love for all mankind.
Spiritual autonomy must then pass through the adversity of momentum testing to attain spiritual maturity. The impersonal love of spiritual autonomy is tested and used in people testing, thought testing, and system testing.
So it is imperative that we understand how impersonal love differs from personal love. It is imperative that we understand how impersonal love is tested in the life of the believer who has attained spiritual autonomy.
Impersonal love is unconditional. Being unconditional, impersonal love emphasizes the virtue and the spiritual status of the subject, rather than any rapport with an object. Impersonal love is unconditional with regard to its objects, and therefore is so powerful that the object is not the issue.
Impersonal love is so powerful that there's no person in the world that cannot be tolerated with virtue.
The integrity of impersonal love includes the following facets:
Impersonal love is the basis of integrity and virtue in human relationships.
Since impersonal love is unconditional, it emphasizes the virtue of the subject rather than the attractiveness of the object.
Spiritual autonomy gives the power for the believer to love everyone in their periphery, fellow believers, their enemies, and all mankind weather known or unknown.
It is an unconditional love toward the object and since the conditions for love are fulfilled and maintained by the subject it makes no difference who or what the object is.
Impersonal love is a problem solving device and the foundation for all successful personal relationships in life. Personal love relationships including romance and friendships will be unsustainable unless there is a base of impersonal love established to solve the inevitable problems caused from imperfect people.
This makes impersonal love the stabilizer for personal love.
Impersonal love is the only category of human love for people that has built-in virtue, while simultaneously being a problem solving device for those in spiritual autonomy.
Personal love has no built-in virtue. So only impersonal love can perpetuate a relationship through the failures of people.
Impersonal love is a spiritual function of the royal family of God, and cannot be duplicated by the unbeliever or the believer who is in the cosmic system because they are out of fellowship with God.
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