From a heavenly perspective, what might one speculate the function of earth to be if not for producing souls for heaven? We may comprehend “Loving the Lord, your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul and with all of your mind ” as important. Matthew 22:37-39. Yet, how many of us regard “love your neighbor as yourself” as good advice rather than honor it in our heart as a commandment?
We may think about our relationship to God in heaven. However, what relationships will we have with our fellow souls in heaven? Consider how we pray to God. Is it by sound waves or by thought? Speculation might have us communicating with fellow souls by thought. If so, could we live in harmony in heaven with anything less than “loving our neighbor as ourselves?” Potentially there is a reason for us to start learning such things on earth.
Our final degree of learning is likely to be received as a gift. However, no matter the level of progress we are at, our willingness to receive this gift is determined on earth. We are given free will to choose to receive God’s gift of grace.
If we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, certainly we would want offer our neighbor this opportunity. Jesus speaks of our responsibility to share this, within parables. John 15:1-17, Matthew 13:1-9 & 18-23, and Matthew 25:14-30
Perhaps the reason many of us turn a blind eye to this responsibility is that we do not feel we have the skills to develop such a conversation. There are alternatives for those of us with lesser talent so that we may also be effective within His service.
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