February 2020 Round Table Discussion
Our discussion with facilitator, Dr. Darrel Watson was quite interesting. The conversation was centered around our definitions of love; what influenced our definitions of love; the enemies or hindrances of love in the world, our community and our lives.
Here are some of our takeaways:
Love Definition and Influences
Love is the opening door
Love is the most powerful source in the universe
Love in action is social justice
Love makes us feel good about others
We can love others without liking them
Love is difficult
Love is the act of intentionally focusing on other needs, desires and what’s in their best interest as well as yours- reach out to other persons and elevate them.
Love is to give of oneself unconditionally to lift up others in a manner than imitate Christ
Love is unconditional acceptance
Love is emotional interconnection
Love is not based or weight on material goods that we can provide for others
Love is embracing all of humanity
Love is a choice/decision
Love is the divine motive which has its goal the eternal and the earthly good of both the self and the other
Influence was watching others work for justice for all example sister Helen Prejean
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Influence was watching my parents provide for the needs of others
Love is motive - why am I doing what I am doing?
Love is understanding your limits as well as the limits of others
Enemies of love:
Fear, greed, pride, judgment, envy
Fear of change
Ourselves allowing others to hinder us
Hypocrites – people who says one thing and practice something else
Difficult when others do not understand what we are saying
Others who are not on our level of understanding love
Even though love is difficult because behaviors sometime create roadblocks for others to love us unconditionally, we have to be intentional in not allowing others to determine how we respond.