Heaven Is a Place of Giving

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  1. soleil10

    soleil10 New Member

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    When everyone lives for the sake of others, it feels like Heaven. It is Heaven
    When everyone is selfcentered and lives for themself, it feels like Hell. It is Hell.

    Heaven if for people who live for the sake of others. The one who lives a selfcentered life can never be there.

    He will be with the people like him. May be this is why we call it hell.

    Should life be a competition in living for the sake of others ?
     
  2. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    I view Heaven to be the literal manifestation of the Kingdom, yet the state of heaven can be experience through love in the now. Love (Like you suggested) entails living for others, but we must also take care of ourselves. Love is not self centered or selfish, but lives for the good of all mankind. To know heaven, we must know love. Love is a seed that grows within us when nurtured and allowed to grow. It is a spring of living waters welling up into eternal life. It is God's Spirit and Word which has been planted in the hearts of all men from birth.

    None are without love (God's seed) as little children. Every man has been born with the seed of love in our hearts. Even so, the state of the world quickly hinders the seeds growth, seemingly removing love from our hearts. But even in such times, the seed remains buried deep inside us waiting to be reawakened. Once it is awakened in us again, we at times experience its beauty, but it cannot grow until the seed takes root.

    Once the roots have been established, we come to know love more deeply, and experience its grace for a while. Even so, the world we live in, our pursuit for riches and pleasures, and the troubles that come as a result, choke it and love fails to mature in us.

    But, when we figure out that life is not about riches or mere pleasures, but about love itself, the worries of life begin to fade, and we begin to mature in its grace, whereby the substance of this Spirit begin to manifest in our lives, and we experience elements of the Kingdom of God.


    GK
     
  3. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Shades of Reason

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    A True Story

    "The Seed"


    God has left mankind an inheritance (Life) and with it many gifts. Among our gifts there is one containing God's knowledge, which is the heart and soul of all we've been given. This knowledge has been cleverly placed as a seed within the hearts of all mankind. Only, we don't know the fullness of what this particular gift contains; all we know is that it seems small and insignificant compared to the other gifts God has left us.

    And so, Gods knowledge existing as a seed in each mans heart sits idle, and is largely unnoticed and unappreciated by man. We have so many gifts (In life) after all, and we each have our hearts on the gifts we think to be the greatest. Even so, we soon grow tired of our gifts because we haven't enough understanding of God to truly enjoy them.

    While we do our best to make sense of life, the gift containing His knowledge, existing as a seed within each mans heart is largely neglected as it is often viewed to be the least important among the rest of life's wonders. Much to mankind's shame, and because man neglects the tiny seed existing in our hearts, we have failed to experience the full measure of our inheritance.

    And so the story goes, and much like spoiled children, many men have become dissatisfied with what they've been given in life. All while the love and heart of God resides as a seed within our own hearts, waiting to be nurtured, so that God's heart may sprout up in our heart, that we might experience the fullness of life and come to know Him as Love AND as our Father, who has left to us His inheritance.
     

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