Let me run this by you all and see what you think. It seems to me that every individual has their own ideas about everything from religion to politics. These ideas are formed and shaped by many things ( station in life, parents, social background, education, ect.). When people are young and not set in their ways they are still busy trying to grasp everything and understand the "world" around them. When they have grown older, many times they feel they have come to a place where they are confident in what they believe about the "world" around them. It then becomes a contest to rally suport for established ideas (one persons veiws vs anothers). I think the quest for truth becomes a defence of perceived truth. This sometimes leads to frustration, debate, and even war. I believe that perfect Love can defuse this process.
Perfect Love is an action as well as an idea. I'm not talking about a false, "warm fuzzy", Hippy kind of thing. I'm talking about sicerely responding to everyone I come in contact with truth, honesty, and compassion. To understand Love is to understand correction. An example would be punishing a child for playing in the street to save him from being hurt or killed. But correction must be done in Love or it only brings about contempt. Some may debate to prove their point. If this is done in Love it may serve to help someone understand and grow, but if it is done to satisfy a sense of competition it can rarely benifit both parties.
I have found that by doing everything possible to serve, help, and encourage those around me at home and on my job my life has dramatically changed for the better. When I run into a difficult personality, I simply give all my energy to developing a positive relationship with them. I have had to learn to bite my tounge and do what's best for the company and the difficult person. In the end, after commiting to this, the good that has come back to me has far outweighed the bad. The law of sewing and reaping is Truth and its foundation is Love.
I have also found that it is very hard to stop self destructive behvior (sin) from my own strength, but allowing myself to Love and serve others seems to push it out of my life. I struggled for years with poor job satisfaction, mediocre marriage, and general depression over my life situation. My Christian life had slowly become a "religion" I couldn't live up to. By letting me see the world through His eyes God has shown me it's more about the absolutes of perfect Love and Truth than it is about me trying to work my way through some religious system. Make no mistake I have strong convictions, but more people want to know what they are now that they see this change in me.
My intention is not to toot my own horn. Through the mask of the internet you don't know who I am, so I have nothing to gain. My only hope is that someone will reply who can inspire me in other ways to show the perfect Love of Christ. Thank you and God bless!