LOVE, MY PERSONAL REVELLIOUSNESS, AND THE FOUR PRINCIPAL RELATIONSHIPS OF THE REVEL-LIFE

My personal revelliousness—My Jesus-life, My Revel-Life, (as I am herein defining it)—is my life lived in and through my pursuit of intimate and Divine union with (1) God (what I call participative-theoria), (2) my own self (personal integratedness), (3) the people around me (redemptive community), and even (4) nature (eco-social connectedness). To me (and not just me [refer to When Helping Hurts, by see Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert]), they comprise the four primary, universal, and foundational relationships of God’s kingdom.

To Love God is to let Him love you the way He desires [to know yourself know actively and thoroughly and loved through and through by God], and to love Him back by giving yourself away to Him (through participative-theoria), your own self (through personal integratedness), the people around you (through redemptive community), and the entirety of God’s created order (through eco-social connectedness). Further, it is to seek earnestly to think and feel the way Jesus does about the events of the day, the people around you, and especially your own life as Jesus lives for, in, with, through, and (mysteriously) as you; and it is to partner with Jesus in rescuing hearts, extending H-his Kingdom, and bringing to fruition (that is, solid form) the reconciliation, conversion, and recreating stability of this present immaterial-material order [see 2Co 5:18].

To Love Yourself is to love God, your neighbors, and the totality of immaterial-material creation, and to see your life and personality as Jesus (“The Lover” [See Song of Songs (SS)]) does: As His “Beloved” [again, see SS]. Additionally, it is to respond with an almost overwhelming friendliness and God-like compassion toward your own frailties (both morally and otherwise); and to look unto God continually and continuously, without end, for His life, the consolations of His lovingkindness and mercy, and the transformative help needed to empower you to live through and, ultimately, push beyond such deficits and sin-introduced, sin-inflicted miseries.

To Love Your Neighbor [see Mt 19:19] is to feel the love Jesus feels for you and to reflect it outwardly to everyone (every human being [including yourself] and every creature) and everything within the realms of your never-ending, ever-expanding existence and influence. Less abstractly (and, especially, in your personal/intimate relationships), it is to search out the needs of those around you and, if enabled, to meet those needs within the relational contexts and customs of your immediate community. It is to forgive beforehand anything hurtful your brother (or sister) might do or say—ever. And it is to invest your life in such a one that he might experience the highest “good” possible: Loving intimacy with God (again, through participative-theoria [Note: These universal and foundational concepts are extremely important to me and will be drawn upon extensively throughout both Oils and Revel], his own self (through personal integratedness), the people around him (through redemptive community), and even nature (through eco-social connectedness); the progressive silencing (and eradicating) of the echo of his fallen nature (the residuals of the sin nature, the false it) still operating within him; and the awakening and recapturing of his original nature (and heart), now born anew from above [see Jn 3:16 and 2Co 5:17], as a resurrected, redeemed, and beloved son of the Most High God [see 2Co 5:17 and Re 21:5].

And lastly…

To Love Nature is to see all creation as an expression of God’s creative and playfully revellious Heart. It is to see nature correctly—as a manifest unity of God’s Goodness and immaterial-material eco-social design—and it is to see that you are just as much a part of nature as any other part. It is to see correctly your effects and affects upon nature as well as its effects and affects upon you. And it is to see correctly and to operate ordinately and commensurately within the ordained (God-breathed) hierarchy God established—an order in which you (as an integral and absolutely necessary part of God’s Earthly Council) love and honor Him, your own self, and the people, creatures, and multi-facetted environments (social, vocational, avocational, educational, natural, etc.) around you [see Ge 1].