KEYWORDS: love, others, time, brother, keeper, children

Art of War, The--Part 1--Letter Links 2: The Weapon of Brotherhood

February 26, 2005

(ML #3532, GN 1123)

FD/MM/FM January 2005

Goals for 1998

ML #3160:77-84, 113-118, 124-126, 134-139‚ 141–147, 197–202, Vol.24

Goal Number 6

77. (Peter:) The two greatest commandments are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength‚ and to love our neighbor as ourselves. (See Mark 12:30,31.) ... He said‚ "By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you have love one for another" (Jn.13:35).

78. Love is the lifeblood of the Family. Love is the foundation‚ the cornerstone. Love is what the Family should be known for. Our love for one another should be like a soft, warm, cozy blanket that wraps gently around each one of us, in which we find comfort and security, peace and understanding.

79. Unfortunately, and I'm sorry to have to say this, one of the areas that the Family generally has fallen sadly short in is that simple, unconditional, brotherly love that "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things," the type that "never fails" and that "puts away any childish things" that divide you from others (1Cor.13). I'm talking about the kind of love that understands‚ forgives, and reaches out a helping hand to love without partiality. The kind of love that loves the unlovely, looks past one another's faults and shortcomings, sees the Lord in others, and sees each individual as someone who's given their heart and life to Jesus and the Family, someone who deserves to be accepted, nurtured, cared for, and loved.

80. As the Lord has told us before, we can be Jesus for one another. (See ML #3032:76-95, GN 664.) We can be the manifestation of His love. The concern, sympathy, affection, patience, faith, understanding and love that we show for another may be the very thing that will give that person the faith, courage and strength to keep going, to fight on, and to win the victory.

81. Jesus said, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me" (Mat.25:40). So Mama and I ask each of you—have you been Jesus for your brethren? Have you treated the least of these as you would treat Jesus? Have you been the example of the Lord's love that He wants you to be?

82. How about if we set as a general overall goal to love one another more—to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to be Jesus for our brethren, to let the Lord's love shine through us more, and be manifested in more forgiveness, understanding, communication, sharing, support, sympathy, affection‚ and practical, loving, caring action!

83. Let's give of our time‚ be a listening ear, and open our hearts, our beds and our lives to others. Let's be swift to forgive and forget. Let's do our best to share our worldly possessions, love others' children as if they were our own, and be our brother's keeper. Let's not hold back the simple affection that so wonderfully communicates the Lord's love. Let's try with all our hearts to set a good example, be a strong shoulder to lean on or cry on‚ and be a sample of the Lord's unconditional love. Let's not jump to conclusions or judge unfairly‚ but instead give the benefit of the doubt to those who are struggling. Let's bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Love!

84. We‚ the Family‚ beginning way back in the early days‚ used to be known for our love. In fact, many people joined the Family simply because of love. For the first time in their lives they felt real, tangible, forgiving, unconditional love. Can this still be said of you and your Home? Are you known for your love? If not, then for the future of the Family and your Home and your own personal service for the Lord, Mama and I ask you to please open your heart and see the need to learn to love again, to be Jesus for others. Let this be one of your personal goals for 1998.

Goal Number 9

113. One of our greatest testimonies to outsiders is our unity. They recognize that it's a miracle that we can live together in harmony. We're from different walks of life, different nationalities, different backgrounds; we're even two generations living together under the same roof‚ and in some cases three generations. And yet comparatively speaking, things go remarkably well, flow smoothly, and we're happy together.

114. Many families in the System, just the husband and wife with their children, have a hard time communicating on the shallowest level. Barely getting along and managing the day-to-day affairs of their lives as a small family unit is a near impossibility for many. So when they see us living together, working together and loving together, they know it's something very special. It helps them to believe that God does exist, that His love is real today, and it makes them want to have that love as well. "By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35).

115. But I'm sorry to say that in recent years the Enemy has greatly attacked our unity. We're not as united as we should be, and this is a very serious breach of our spiritual security, as well as a strong hindrance to our fruitfulness and even our personal happiness. Being unified is extremely important, because it brings down the Spirit of the Lord and His blessings. To be in unity means we walk hand in hand, we're of the same mind, we fight together, pray together, reach for the same goals, have the same standards and convictions.

116. To be truly unified is like being arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder, standing in a circle around the same Center. And that Center is Jesus and the Word and our common goals of reaching the world for Him, preparing for the Endtime, caring for each other, and helping each other to be the strongest soldier we each can possibly be.

117. From the beginning of the Family, Dad and the Lord laid down key foundation principles and beliefs that set the Family apart, and unfortunately, in many Homes and your personal lives you have strayed from these foundation principles. This has caused a great weakening of the Family overall‚ and our unity in particular.

118. Mama and I would like to set as goal number nine to create stronger unity. But in order to achieve that goal, we'll have to work on overcoming what we call roadblocks to unity.

124. (Jesus: ) Unity is one of the prime requisites for pulling down My blessings. If the Family is lacking unity, it's because they are disobedient in one or several areas. For to disregard or to pull away from the foundation principles of the children of David is disobedience, and this affects My being able to pour down My blessings as abundantly and richly as I would like to. One of the blessings that I long to give to My children is unity, because unity is one of the greatest testimonies to outsiders. It's also a source of happiness and contentment for My children.

125. Where unity is lacking there is heaviness of spirit, contention‚ unhappiness, and the freedom of My Spirit is not allowed to flow as I would wish or as My children desire. So many of the blessings of the Spirit, the things that really make the lives of My children happier and more fulfilled, depend upon obedience, unity and faith.

126. At this point in time there are many roadblocks to unity, for many have become selfish, self-centered and distant regarding the pillar beliefs or the foundation of the Word—the "old landmarks." (End of excerpt of message.)

Goal Number 10

134. (Jesus:) Instead of living communally and sacrificing to be more efficient and more economical and a testimony of the principle of "all that believed were together and had all things common," a growing number have now chosen to live on their own. They feel it's easier, simpler‚ less complicated, and in their eyes it certainly requires less sacrifice and less yielding. But what these have forgotten is that living together and having all things in common and truly sharing not only your material possessions, but your time and talent and skills and love, is one of the most important testimonies setting the Family apart from other churches.

135. The lack of living Acts 2:44 and 45 is obviously a very big hindrance to unity. It's taking the easy way out and not being willing to make the sacrifices necessary to keep yielding and growing in love and preferring your brethren. Therefore, not only does it hinder the flow of My Spirit and the giving of My blessings and provision and protection‚ but it also hinders the personal growth of those who choose to remove themselves from the body and to live separately, on their own.

136. It also takes away many opportunities that the children would have to grow and progress by being around Family children of their own age that they can interact with, witness with, perform with, and learn with. It also takes the children away from their other aunts and uncles who could pour into them and be a good example to them. A lack of desire to live Acts 2:44 and 45 strikes at the very foundation of the "One Wife" vision. For how can people live the "One Wife" vision if they don't even live under the same roof?

137. Not being willing to live together communally also takes away one of the avenues of great inspiration for My children. For when you live together in harmony, unity and love, you're able to partake of one of the greatest blessings and riches of the Family, which is available to so few Christians today. Most Christians live on their own and have so little fellowship with others who believe the same. They have so little time for heart-sharing, communication and united prayer; so little time for working together, ministering and witnessing together.

138. But those in the Family who live communally can avail themselves of these things every day, every night. And when there is great unity and love‚ mutual respect and support, then this becomes a source of great strength. For as I have said, "One can chase a thousand, but two can put ten thousand to flight!" And how much more when there are many of one mind and heart and spirit, united together, fighting for the same goals, bearing one another's burdens, rejoicing together at the victories, and seeking Me together for the battles.

139. Lack of living communally and sharing all things may look to some to be just a small deviance from My plan, part of their "personal choice" in this new day—something that doesn't make much difference and isn't really that important. But they don't understand the great blessings that they're sacrificing and the powerful testimony that they're losing in not being willing to make the sacrifices necessary to live together in love and have all things in common‚ as My early disciples did, and as the children of David have from the beginning and through the years. (End of excerpt of message.)

141. (Peter:) This question of living the "One Wife" vision and Acts 2:44 and 45 is broader than just whether you live in a single-family Home or not. Unfortunately, you can be living together with others and still be operating independently—keeping your finances separate, setting different standards for your children, not sharing the load in educating and caring for your children, and not reading the Word, praying or hearing from the Lord together. Even though you live communally, you might have a hard time saying you have many things in common, much less "all things" (Acts 2:44–45).

142. There are numerous examples of cases where there could be much more sharing of goods, finances, or personnel, whether you live together in the same Home or not, but pure selfishness stands in the way. It's terribly sad to see that there are many double standards now within the Family. For example, there are Homes in the same area, especially in poorer fields, where some have plenty due to home support or fundraising in home fields, while other Homes nearby, often where there are more nationals, are in great need.

143. In Homes where nationals and foreigners live together, what happens in some cases is that the foreigners leave the field periodically to raise funds, but when they return to their Home, instead of making those funds available to the Home teamwork to be used by all as Home finances, those who raised the funds hold on to them and then dole them out little by little, according to their own preferences or judgment. To make matters even worse, the foreigners who leave the field to raise funds also return with all the things they and their children need but with little or nothing for those who stayed behind, which makes for a very serious double standard when it comes to possessions as well. Needless to say, this causes a lot of resentment and division, and is a very poor sample of love and having all things in common. Brethren, these things ought not so to be!

144. It's this selfishness, this watching out for yourself and your own, that the Lord is unhappy about. This is not only a terrible testimony to outsiders but it greatly disheartens and even stumbles some of the brethren. God help us!

145. Not only is communal living a powerful testimony to outsiders, but it also helps you to stay obedient to the Word and the Charter when you live together with others, as you can help and uphold one another. You can be your brother's keeper. Of course, it's naturally much easier to have the conviction to obey and not compromise when you're working closely with others, rather than off on your own where you don't have as much incentive to try to be a good sample, and you're not accountable to others.

146. Mama and I ask that you seek the Lord regarding your personal attitudes and see if you've strayed from the Family's foundation beliefs regarding having all things in common, and loving deeply and without partiality those of your greater marriage—those in your Home and the whole Family. Please check your heart and see where you stand in spirit.

147. Are you still striving to live the Letters, to give your brethren as much as possible of your time, talents, and material goods? Are you willing to share what you have with those who have need, so all will have enough? Are you loving others' children and doing all you can to help to train them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? Are you following closely the principles of the "One Wife" vision and Acts 2:44 and 45 that the Family was founded on? Or have you cooled off in spirit and decided that the Family lifestyle and the sacrificial love it requires is just not for you anymore? Let's commit ourselves to a personal goal of more fully living Acts 2:44 and 45 and the "One Wife" vision.

Goal Number 15

197. (Jesus:) Many of the problems with lack of unity are rooted in selfishness. Many of the roadblocks to unity are rooted in selfishness—whether it be an unwillingness to live together with others communally, or a lack of care for the single mothers, or a lack of sexual sharing and caring for those in need.

198. To live together in unity, to love others, to live the "One Wife" vision, to care for the single mothers, their children‚ and your peers, requires great, great unselfish love. It's a sacrifice. It's giving. Oftentimes it hurts. It's death to self. But this is the very heart and soul of a missionary. For if you're not willing to love and care for and give of yourself for your own brethren‚ those who are by your side who love Me, those who have chosen to serve Me and who are in need‚ then how can you say you love the lost? In fact‚ if you cannot love your brethren in need whom you have seen, how can you love Me whom you have not seen? Or how can you love those who you seek to save and minister to, those who are full of so many more weaknesses, problems, sins‚ and evil ways?

199. Loving your brethren and caring for those in need is an exercise in humility and love. It's the way that I have provided to keep your hearts soft, to keep you malleable, moldable, and fresh in the spirit. If you're pouring out day by day‚ caring for those in need in your own Home, your own brethren‚ then you'll be much more willing and ready to care for those in need who are lost—the unsaved, the unlovely, the ungodly children of the world.

200. Though your brethren have many weaknesses or NWOs that bother you, get on your nerves, or test your patience, they love Me and have given themselves to Me. Many have served many long, difficult years as faithful missionaries, faithful voices for the truth, and it is the least you can do to love and care for and do all you can to understand and sympathize with and meet the needs of these who are heroes and heroines in My eyes.

201. But little by little, through selfishness, you've hardened your heart to the ways of love that are the foundation of living the Law of Love and the "One Wife" vision. Little by little, day by day‚ you've stepped ever so slowly, but ever so gradually, away from the essence of My truth and the purity of caring for your brethren. Slowly, selfishness has seeped into your thoughts and your lifestyle. Even many of your decisions have been based on selfish goals, concerns or desires.

202. Selfishness is the way of the world. The people of the world are experts at living selfish lives—putting themselves first. But if you are to be the testimony I want you to be, then you must not only seek to put Me first, but you must also put the needs of others first, and this requires unselfishness that is borne of My Spirit. It's a miracle of My Spirit. For when you're selfish, you're full of self; but when you're unselfish, you're full of Me and My truth and light and Spirit. (End of excerpt of message.)

Loving Kindness

ML #3237:14-35, GN 840

Affection Releases Spiritual Power!

14. (Jesus:) I have so much love to give to My children! I have so much love to show you! I have so much love which I wait to give to you in many ways! My love is very great and it will never run out; it will never run dry. My love for My children is always fresh and new and alive. It is always there for you no matter what happens, for My love is true and divine.

15. I know My children have great need of My love; they thirst and desire and want Me. They have great need of My affection, My tenderness and kindness. They need My love in all forms. They need My spiritual love to be manifest. They need the love of My Spirit. As you show one another simple, natural affection, you unleash the power of My love in a greater way.

16. Each touch of the hand, each pat on the back, each time you put your arm around another's shoulder, each time you give an affectionate hug, you are releasing spiritual power. You are releasing love power. You are giving the love of My Spirit.

17. Each kiss on the cheek, each hand on the knee, each display of true, genuine affection makes it possible for the spirit of encouragement to flow.

18. The Enemy fights this, for the Enemy hates love, and it is his goal to destroy and tear down any form of true, genuine, spiritual, Godly love. He is the enemy of love. He promotes aggression, hate, false love, shallowness, worldliness—all that is opposite of the true spirit of love.

19. So the Enemy blocks and hinders and tries to persuade you to withhold displays of affection. He tries to make pride stand in the way. He tries to raise up walls and make jealousy stand in the way, because he knows that there is great, great power that will be released through your giving and receiving of affection.

20. As you give sweet, simple, natural affection to each other, you strengthen your bond of unity with each other. You create strong bonds of unity that grow and grow stronger with each continued deed of affection. The Enemy is aware of this and he is aware of the tremendous spiritual power of unity that will be created‚ so he fights it and tries to discourage it and stop it from happening.

21. He knows that your lives will be richer in love, and that your unity will be tighter and stronger. He knows that your Home will be more fruitful because of this, and that the spiritual channels to My love will be unblocked so that My love can flow through each heart with greater freedom and power.

22. Oh, the power of affection is very great, for the power of love is very great! I am Love, and through Me and My love I can give you great spiritual power of unity, love, and encouragement. The Enemy knows the good fruits of affection, and that those fruits are a strong weapon against his inroads into your lives.

23. As you show one another true affection, you bring down the spirit of encouragement and a spirit of acceptance‚ a spirit of tolerance and caring‚ which uplifts each of you and gives each of you faith and a desire to return love.

24. By doing this, My spirit of love is born again and again and is recreated every day in your lives. It generates in you a greater desire to love each other, to help each other, to encourage and uplift each other, and it binds you tightly together in sweet unity and fellowship.

25. Everyone needs affection. Everyone needs to receive affection and to see affection being shown, because it's a great encouragement and it shows others that you care about them personally—you care about their lives and you care that they are there. It makes them feel loved, important and worthy.

26. Through feeling loved and cared about and important to others, you feel a new zest for life‚ a new desire to do your best, a new thrill in waking up in the morning, a new spirit of courage, a new inspiration to give love to others—all because you are releasing the power of My Spirit and the power of My love! These things come not of yourselves, but it's My Spirit working within your lives and within your Homes.

27. As you step out by faith to show affection, to let humility be shown‚ and to act in humility, you will bear the good fruits of humility and love. Your lives and your Homes will be so much richer and fuller and more thrilling—for you will feel the thrills of My spirit of love moving. You will feel the blessings of a sweet united spirit of love‚ and that spirit of love will give you great encouragement, joy, and satisfaction. Because of that, you in turn will have My strength to give others encouragement, joy‚ and satisfaction. The more you give, the more you personally will receive, and the more you personally will feel motivated to give again to others.

28. Lovest thou Me? Feed My sheep. You can feed My sheep not only by feeding them My written Word, but you can feed My sheep by feeding them My affection. Your display of affection to others—to your brothers and sisters, your co-workers and to those you live with, to the older generation or the younger generation—is My love for them. They need it; they need to feel My love in a physical form, for it's the physical touches of affection and love which are real to My children. It's the proof of My great love for them.

29. So show them that I care about them by putting your arm around their shoulder. Feed My sheep. Show them that you're concerned about them by stroking their hair. Feed My sheep. Show them that you believe in Me and are willing to obey My Words and My will.

30. Love them and feed them, that My sheep and My children may be happy and fulfilled and fruitful. The more you give your physical touch of affection and love, the more My spirit of love can flow through you and satisfy and encourage and inspire My children.

31. It doesn't have to be big deeds. It doesn't have to be time-consuming. It doesn't have to be a big spiritual workout. You don't have to feel like you can't do it‚ you can't make it, you don't have what it takes. Because all it takes is a couple of seconds when you walk by someone to pat them on the back, or touch them on the arm and say, "I love you."

32. The Enemy fights it because he hates it. He hates your physical contact and displays of affection, because each time you do it, you're strengthening your spiritual bond and unity. You're strengthening the power of My Spirit in your lives and in your Homes.

33. Each time you obey, I will bless and reward and give the fruits of My Spirit. So don't be afraid to give of My beautiful spirit of affection. I'm affectionate, I'm loving, I'm kind, I'm sincere, and each time you do these things you bring more of Me and My Spirit into your life and into your Homes. You create a vacuum for My Spirit to enter and bless and love the one who you are touching. And I not only bless them, but I bless you! I not only love them through your touch, but I love you, because you had the faith to step out and love them.

34. You open the channels to Heaven through which My Spirit and My blessing can flow and touch your lives. It's real! It's true! It's a reality! It's not just a fantasy, a dream, or a good thought, but these things of the Spirit are true. I do bless you and touch you with My Spirit. I do give you the spirit of encouragement. I bless you with the spirit of unity. I do touch you and give you satisfaction and fulfillment. I bless your life with a greater desire to love. I really and truly pour great spiritual blessings through the channel that you have opened up. (End of message.)

35. (Mama:) Wow! Thank You Jesus for those beautiful, beautiful promises! Help us to be more like You, Jesus—more loving, more giving! Help us to open up the channel for Your blessings and Your encouragement through giving to others. Thank You for the gift of affection—another precious manifestation of Your unconditional love for us! We love You, Jesus!

Do the Humble Thing

ML #3251:16–25, GN 853

Unity and Trust—New Weapons for the Endtime

16. (Jesus: ) One weapon you need to strengthen is the love of the brethren. My children, you each need to know without a shadow of a doubt that you would lay down your life for each other. The time is coming when all My Family will need to have that assurance in their hearts, that the other will be there for them.

17. You've made progress and have learned and grown in some areas of living the Law of Love and the "One Wife" vision, and I know you have it as one of your goals to work on more. But I must impress upon you the need and how important this weapon really is.

18. Some of you fight against this new move of the Spirit in your hearts. You struggle with selfishness‚ making ends meet yourselves‚ or wondering what battles the future would hold if you were to fully obey My Words. But the love I am talking about that I wish to give you will override all those things; it will overcome them, and it is the most important thing you could strive for right now. There will come a time in the not-too-distant future when material things and ministries will no longer be so important. The time is coming when you all will need to trust in each other's love just to survive.

19. It's like the story of the two brothers on the battlefield, when one brother was trapped in no man's land, mortally wounded. When the other brother found out about it, he came to try and rescue him, in spite of the certainty that he would be shot. Thus he sacrificed his own life trying to save his brother's. When asked why he did it, he replied with his dying breath, "Because he expected it of me." That's the kind of love and trust I'm talking about—knowing that you can count on each other.

20. This kind of love and trust and bond of unity is going to take a little while to nurture back to full health, as some of you have been hurt by others' selfishness. Selfishness is something that is common to all and is on both sides of the fence—you who have hurt others, and you who feel like you've been hurt. Some of you want more than your share, and you hurt others by not giving. Others of you feel like you deserve more, and so you're hurt when you're not given as much as you think you deserve. Then there are those of you who are giving, but have been taken advantage of. There are many hurts and wounds from selfishness. But now is the time to know that all have sinned and all have their selfishness. Now is the time to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

21. Now is the time to work on building more trust and unity in the Family, for this is one of the new weapons. Love, unity, trust, and selflessness are not just nice Christian virtues to strive for‚ but they are part of the new weapons that will protect and help you through the dark days ahead. All these work together with the other new weapons—loving Me intimately and so passionately that you know that I would never do anything to hurt you; knowing that I do all things for your good no matter what the outward circumstances look like; praising Me and hearing My voice to lead and guide and direct you; and trusting your brethren that they will be there for you, that they also hear from Me and will do the right thing. Such love, unity, trust, and selflessness will be a help and a comfort in the dark days to come. Now is the time to work on these weapons.

22. Just like with the other new weapons of My Spirit—praising Me, loving Me intimately, hearing from Me in prophecy—the way you will become skilled in using the weapon of love, unity, selflessness, and trust in your brothers and sisters is through using it. You might feel that you don't want to be the first one to step out, for you don't want to be hurt or taken advantage of. But those feelings are from the Enemy‚ as he tries to hold you back from using this very important tool that I've given you.

23. My loves, the days are coming when this love and strong trust and brotherhood between you will save your lives, if you have cultivated these things. And if you have not, you will be left wounded and vulnerable. The only way to become practiced and skilled in how to defend yourself with this weapon of love against the Enemy is to begin using it now. Ask Me how you can be more loving. Ask Me to show you the areas in your personal life where selfishness is manifested. Ask Me to speak to you about how you personally can go on the attack to break down the walls that have risen between you and your brethren‚ how you can manifest more trust, more faith, how you can share more and be a greater support to others.

24. This will not come easily, for the Enemy will fight you hard. But I tell you that it is a battle worth winning, for it will be your strength in the days to come. And along with hearing from Me directly, knowing of My intimate love for you, and being strong in the area of praising Me, this love and trust and unselfishness that will be built between you will be your defense, your strength, your salvation, your victory! (End of message.)

25. (Mama:) The Lord makes it very clear in that message that the unity He's asking us to have is not only so that we can be more fruitful or a better sample, happier, and receive more of His blessings, but because in the days to come our very lives and survival will depend on it! He said that it's one of the new weapons He's given us with which to defend ourselves against the Enemy and survive in the days to come. If we're going to continue to be His witnesses and be able to do the job He has for us right up until the End‚ then we'd better start preparing now in the ways that He shows us!

Show Appreciation

ML #3254:40-41, 43-65, 105-114, GN 859

Love and Appreciate the Dear Ones by Your Side!

40. (Mama:) We live such busy lives in reaching the world and we feel the responsibility to get out the message to the lost, but sometimes we fail to appreciate our own brothers and sisters. It's very sad that some of our own loved ones and mates of our greater marriage feel discouraged or useless and unloved, when the Lord has so much love that He wants to pour out!

41. Our whole ministry is giving the Lord's love to the world. How much more should we be faithful to give it to those beside us who have also given their lives to accomplishing that goal! As the Lord brings out, that's a very important part of our ministry—to be ministers of love and encouragement to our brethren.

43. (Jesus:) It's good that you tell others of Me, that you spread My love and My message abroad in the hearts of all men, that they may be drawn to Me and find life‚ peace, and true love. But neglect not to love those who are by your side, to love and appreciate your neighbor as yourself. This you ought to have done‚ and not to have left the other undone.

44. This is My commandment, that you love others as yourself, that you appreciate others as you yourself wish to be appreciated, that you give to others as you wish to be given unto yourself. Look not every man on his own things, his own works and concerns, but look every man on the things and works of others and see how he may be a blessing to them.

45. Your ministry is not only to the world, but also to the dear ones by your side‚ your brothers and sisters in Me, your co-workers, friends and companions who also lay down their lives for Me daily, who have also taken up their cross to follow Me.

46. Appreciation begins with loving‚ appreciative thoughts. As a man or woman thinks in their heart, so are they. As they think positive and uplifting thoughts about their neighbors, this results in positive and uplifting attitudes and actions towards their neighbors.

47. Don't dwell on your brother or sister's lacks and failings, their faults and idiosyncrasies; think instead on their good points—how much they love Me, how hard they work, the sacrifices they make, their cheerfulness in the face of affliction, their faith in the midst of adversity‚ their love for the lost and their dedication to My cause.

48. This is why I counseled you in My Word to dwell on the things that are true, honest, just‚ pure, lovely, and of good report, to think of the virtues of others and the things for which they deserve praise. As you see others in this way, your attitudes towards them change, and they begin to feel the change in your spirit.

49. They begin to feel needed, appreciated, valued—not just another child who's learning lessons and growing up, not just another young person who does outreach or watches children‚ not just another SGA struggling to find their place in the Family and the one with whom they would like to spend the rest of their life, not just another older adult with afflictions or marital problems or difficulties with their young people.

50. As I have loved you, so should you love one another. Appreciate one another. Express your appreciation for each other every day in many little ways. When the women in the Home look beautiful‚ tell them so. And by beautiful, I don't mean just when they're dolled up with makeup or a fancy dress. You'll find so much beauty to appreciate once you start looking for it! When the men in the Home look neat, clean and handsome, or do something kind and courteous, tell them so. When the children are especially obedient or are making progress in some little way, tell them so. When the handyman has repaired something or done something worthy of praise, express your praise. When the cook has prepared a nice meal, tell her so.

51. Show your appreciation even if things don't turn out as people hoped they would. Maybe the child made a few mistakes in her drawing, or the cook burned the potatoes, or the handyman bent a few nails, or someone completed a project but forgot a few little details. Praise the love and effort that went into it and overlook the faults, if you can, like I do. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and be loving and sincere in your approval, appreciation and praise.

52. During your praise times, think of something to praise Me for about your mate, your children, your brothers and sisters and co-workers. Don't merely say that they're wonderful or are a blessing, but be specific:

53. “Thank You Lord for Marie and what a terrific mother she is and how much she loves her children and is so sacrificial in caring for them, willing to give up what little free time she has so that they can be happy and fulfilled.”

54. “Thank You Lord for Pete and how he works so hard to pay our bills and keep our Home running smoothly each month, taking care of a multitude of business.”

55. “Thank You Jesus for Phillip and what a good sample he is of prayerfulness and including You in his conversations and thoughts. It's so uplifting to be around him because he's praising You and voicing his love for You, and it makes me want to do the same.”

56. “Thank You Lord for Jeanie and how cheerful she is. Even when she gets asked to do things that she probably doesn't really feel like doing, she never makes anyone feel bad for asking for her help, and is so cheerful and willing.”

57. “Jesus, thank You for John, and for what a good handyman You've made him. Thank You that we don't have to pay lots of money to get the little things fixed and repaired and even built around the house, because You've gifted him with the know-how to take care of those things. He fills such a big need in our Home.”

58. “Lord, thank You for Sherry and what a good sample she is of getting in your Word and sharing it with others. It's always so encouraging when she shares with me one of her recent favorite quotes‚ and makes me want to go read that Letter too. Her enthusiasm is contagious‚ and I'm so thankful for how she's helped me to be more faithful in my Word time!”

59. You could do this even if you're not having praise time—go around the circle and express appreciation for each other‚ or express your appreciation for one person or child who is in need of encouragement and praise.

60. For someone's birthday, you could even prepare a list of all the things they do and the ways they are which you appreciate about them—their kindness and gentleness with the children, their courtesy and concern for others‚ their sweet and cheerful spirit‚ their attitude of praise, their liveliness and uplifting attitude, their diligence in business, their ability in the kitchen‚ their love for the lost and the way they know how to get out the tools, their talent in follow–up or the mail ministry, and many other such things.

61. It's also good that you express more interest in your brothers and sisters. Though you live close together, often you don't know each other in a deep way. Share testimonies of your life before or after joining the Family, or growing up in the Family, over dinner or during fellowship. As you come to know each other more deeply, you'll learn to appreciate each other more.

62. Love and appreciate your neighbors—the brethren by your side—in the same way you love the lost. You wouldn't think of being grouchy, irritable, or angry with the lost, or rushing off when they're in need and wish to talk. Try to have the same love and appreciation for those who live with you and are close by you. Smile, even though you may not feel like it. Hug them, even if you're not feeling affectionate. Talk to them, even though you're short on time.

63. When you're with your mate, your children, or your brothers and sisters, give them your full attention. Don't be distracted by other thoughts‚ other jobs, other people, but give them your loving look, your listening ears, your concentration and prayerful attention, your sympathetic heart, your affectionate touch, your caring and concerned words.

64. Another way to effectively give appreciation is by telling a person an encouraging thing someone else has told you about them. Of course, you must be prayerful and wise when you pass on another's words, but when someone compliments someone else in your presence and you prayerfully pass it on, it can be doubly encouraging to know that someone appreciates them enough to tell others about it, and that you also appreciate them enough to pass on the compliment.

65. As you give to others, it will be given to you. As you care for and appreciate others, so will they care for and appreciate you. Then your Home will truly be a Home of hearts, with hearts full of love overflowing on each other and the lost. (End of message.)

The Love Game!

105. Following is a message with more from the Lord on the value of love, appreciation, kindness, courtesy and encouragement here and now as well as hereafter. These things are very important to the Lord, and they carry on forever. Why not strive to set new personal records in loving and appreciating others today? I love you!

106. (Jesus:) Everybody is in the love game and all Heaven is watching you play, because this is Heaven's favorite sport! I'm the author of the game, and I've designed it to have no limits. This is one game you can never get enough of. The time to play is right now. The time to stop is never. You can go as far in the game as you want. New records are being broken every day. Will you be next?

107. The love game will always keep your interest! It will always challenge you, stimulate you, satisfy you. It's the best active pastime you can ever take part in. And to top it off, it has the best payoff! It's the highest-paid sport of all time! The prizes you win for playing the game are off the charts, out of the world imagined by earthlings!

108. The rules of the game are this: The object is to be the most loving person you can—to show love and appreciation to as many people as you can‚ as often as you can.

109. The goal of the game is to be on the top of the list of the most loving. You can take as many turns as you like. A turn consists of doing something loving. Reach out and give someone a hug, a kiss, an encouraging word. Do a kind deed, tell someone how much you appreciate them‚ make a little sacrifice to help someone‚ lend a listening ear, say a kind word—take your pick from any one of a limitless number of things you can do to brighten someone's life‚ make their job easier or give them a little love.

110. Any deed you do to show love and appreciation to those around you gains points in the love game. The more turns you take, the more points you score. As long as you take a turn, you never lose. I have assigned each of you a Heavenly scorekeeper whose job is keeping track of your score. Every time you gain a point, it's recorded on your official love scorecard. You'll always win something for each point, but naturally those with the highest scores win the most prizes! When you arrive up Here, the scores will be displayed for all to see. You'll get to see who was the most loving‚ who showed others the most appreciation and who won the most prizes. It's all on exhibition up Here!

111. This is the most exciting game going on in the universe! Love is the name of the game! All Heaven is watching you play the game‚ rooting for you and cheering you on, watching to see how skilled you become, watching to see if you discover new moves and ways to score points. It's to your advantage to become skilled at the game right now‚ because when you get Here, the game goes on! Love—that's the name of the game in Heaven. It's the in thing in Heaven, and everyone plays it.

112. You might have a tennis match or a soccer match, but the hottest thing going in Heaven is watching you down there in the love match! My Heavenly helpers are all watching to see how you fare, to see how they might help coach you and help you develop your love skills. Take it from Me, it pays to learn the love game well. It pays to work out and stretch those love muscles, listen to your coaches, keep taking turns and stay in shape for the love game—because that's what's Heaven is all about!

113. If you want to get ahead in the game, train with Me. I'm the Champ. If you pay close attention, I'll teach you the winning strategies and techniques that will guarantee your success. The key to getting ahead in the love game is to give it all you've got. Be hard-core for love. Go all the way! Let the game of love occupy your mind and dictate your actions all the time. Remember, your game improves with practice. Never pass—always take that turn to show love and appreciation. Perform great feats of love when you can, but never underestimate the simple moves. You'll be surprised what the simple maneuvers will do. Simple little turns taken regularly and consistently add up the points!

114. I love this game! It's really My thing. The love game is the best recreation you will ever know. Stick with Me if you want to become skilled in the sport of love. I'll give you your game plan each morning geared to your playing field of that day. I'll keep giving you the right calls throughout the day so you can gain points. Be a love devotee, and you'll join the all-time greats—My all-star cast‚ those who are tops in the field of love, experts at the love game! Now, want to play? I challenge you to a love match! (End of message.)

Choices and Consequences, Part 2

ML #3485:26-27, 29-74, GN 1070

What Does It Mean to Be Your "Brother's Keeper"?

26. (Mama:) Being your "brother's keeper" has a bit of a bad connotation with some of you, I think. You automatically think of self-righteousness, correction, shattered friendships, someone reporting on you unfairly, etc.

27. But that's not at all what the Lord means when He challenges you to be your brother's keeper.

29. I asked the Lord to give us a list of what He means when He calls each of us to be our brother's keeper. When you read this list, you'll see that the Lord is asking you to be a better friend than ever—the right kind of friend. Yes, it will take humility, conviction, and a strength of spirit that many of you are not used to fighting for. But it can be done‚ and done in a way that will make you—and your friends and loved ones—happier than ever.

30. (Jesus: ) Being your brother's keeper is to love another more than yourself.

31. Being your brother's keeper will make you do whatever is necessary to make sure that no physical, emotional‚ or spiritual harm comes to that person.

32. Being your brother's keeper means being supportive.

33. Being your brother's keeper means that you will always have a good word to say behind their back.

34. Being your brother's keeper means that you would never gossip about that person‚ or in any way hinder their fellowship with others through spreading untruths, or even facts that are none of your business to know or repeat.

35. Being your brother's keeper means pointing one another to the Word.

36. Being your brother's keeper means being the right kind of friend.

37. Being your brother's keeper means being there for one another.

38. Being your brother's keeper means that there will be times that you will have to put each other's spiritual well–being above your personal friendship—even if it will mean the end of your friendship.

39. Being your brother's keeper will allow you to share one another's joys, and will eliminate comparing.

40. Being your brother's keeper means doing no harm to one another.

41. Being your brother's keeper means helping each other stand strong against compromise and temptation.

42. Being your brother's keeper is responsibility. It means you realize that I hold you accountable for your influence on your friends and your influence on their choices that determine how they turn out‚ what they accomplish, and how well they serve Me. Of course, each person's choice is ultimately between Me and them. But how much have you contributed to those choices, whether for good or bad? That is what I hold you accountable for.

43. Being your brother's keeper is opening your life to another so that they can help you, correct you, safeguard you‚ and likewise help others in turn.

44. Being your brother's keeper is the ultimate bond of friendship, brotherhood, and unity.

45. Being your brother's keeper means wanting the best for one another.

46. Being your brother's keeper will strengthen the Family at all levels.

47. Being your brother's keeper requires humility, but the rewards are worth it.

48. Being your brother's keeper requires a close connection with Me; in fact‚ it requires that I'm the most important One in your life. If you're not tied in tight with your biggest Brother of all, you won't be the kind of brother or sister that your friends and loved ones need.

49. Being your brother's keeper means speaking the truth in love, even if you know it will hurt.

50. Being your brother's keeper is your duty.

51. Being your brother's keeper never means unprayerful criticism of one another, holding grudges, or placing labels.

52. Being your brother's keeper means that you are clued in to the fact that there are dangers in this world to your service for Me, to your mental health, to your emotional well-being, and even to your bodies and lives. And because of this, it means doing all that you can to guard one another from those dangers. You can't be your brother's keeper if your head is buried in the sand and you pretend that nothing ever goes wrong and that there are never consequences for your actions.

53. Being your brother's keeper means that sometimes you will have to forgo something that you personally have the faith for, for the sake of another. "If eating meat causeth my brother to stumble, I will eat no meat."

54. Being your brother's keeper is bearing one another's burdens.

55. Being your brother's keeper means giving till it hurts. It means being willing to share what's most precious to you—your time, your loved one, yourself—if it will help someone else.

56. Being your brother's keeper requires you to have a desire to not just want to personally be the best disciple you can be, but to also have a passion to help as many others as possible reach that goal.

57. Being your brother's keeper means caring more about someone's long-term future than their short-term happiness.

58. Being your brother's keeper means lending prayerful words of advice.

59. Being your brother's keeper also means knowing when to just be silent and pray.

60. Being your brother's keeper means never giving up on someone.

61. Being your brother's keeper means encouraging others in the decisions they make to live My Word, and making it as easy as possible for them to make the changes they need to make.

62. Being your brother's keeper requires you to live around those who have similar goals. It requires teamwork—a shared objective.

63. Being your brother's keeper will help you to be twice the disciple that you would be on your own, and likewise you will help others reach twice their potential as well.

64. Being your brother's keeper means being Spirit-led, so that you do the right thing, at the right time, for the right person.

65. Being your brother's keeper requires a lack of self-righteousness. It won't work if you're esteeming yourself as somehow better than the others around you.

66. Being your brother's keeper means knowing that you're all in this together, and that the tighter you stick together and the more you can watch out for each other, the easier it will be and the more you'll get done along the way.

67. Being your brother's keeper means a willingness to consider any sacrifice, if it will help someone else.

68. Being your brother's keeper means treating others the way you would want to be treated‚ and approaching their needs, problems, and also successes with the same courtesy, love, admiration, and sensitivity that you would want in those same situations.

69. Being your brother's keeper is not a work of the flesh. It is allowing yourself to be a physical extension of My Spirit, so that I can touch another through you.

70. Being your brother's keeper means not jumping to conclusions or making assumptions, but taking the time to understand one another and know each other on a deep level.

71. Being your brother's keeper is a two–way street—you give some, and you get some.

72. Being your brother's keeper means sticking up for one another in the face of negativity, unloving hurt, or attacks of the Enemy.

73. Being your brother's keeper requires an understanding that actions speak louder than words, and that a sample is greater than a sermon.

74. Being your brother's keeper is My will for all of you. (End of message.)

Shooting Straight, Part 4

ML #3502:3–11‚ GN 1090

Free Time Investments That Count!

The issue:

3. (Mama:) It seems a selfish "me first" attitude has crept into the Family regarding free time and free days. (I'm mainly addressing those of you who have more free time—such as some of you singles and young people. This probably isn't a problem for those of you who have very little free time‚ as if your free time is minimal you probably need to spend much of that time in personal relaxation and time with our Husband.) Apparently, some people seem to feel that reaching out and doing sacrificial deeds for others takes too much work and effort during "off time." The attitude for some is: "Free time is a pool of time for me‚ for entertainment‚ for personal fun and pleasure. I work hard and sacrifice so much, so when it's time off I just want to chill."

God's mind on the matter:

4. (Jesus:) It's perfectly fine to spend some time enjoying simple entertainment just for the sake of entertainment, or just relaxing and doing something on your own. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as it's kept in perspective and your motives and attitudes are right. Keep in mind, though, that if all or even most of your free time is spent in the pursuit of "me first" activities, then you're missing the mark.

5. Unity is a big part of what makes the Family what it is, and selfishness is the perfect tool of the Enemy to destroy your sample of communal living‚ which is the most successful application of Acts 2:44-45 the world has seen for thousands of years. No matter how much Word is published by WS or how hard your shepherds may work to encourage unity, it's ultimately the responsibility of each person to make communal living work. This means that without exception, every single Family member must sacrifice some of their personal time to promote fellowship and unity.

6. It's important that you take regular time to fellowship with others, even if you're not doing exactly what you want to do, or even if it means occasionally doing something you really don't want to do, or that seems like nothing but hard work. It's a sacrifice well worth it, because it's this sort of selflessness that keeps your Home and the Family alive. You don't build unity by only doing what you want to do; unity is often built by doing things out of simple love and kindness with or for others that you don't personally care for.

7. Of course, everyone needs some time alone. It's actually important that you take time to relax regularly and do something you personally enjoy. If you find yourself spending all of your free time reaching out to or serving others, then believe it or not, that may be wrong too. Be careful that you don't get so into a works trip that your free time is nearly as stressful as your work time—or even more stressful. This is not what I have in mind; the worker is more important than the work.

8. Having personal time off is not wrong; it definitely has its place. But do get rid of the selfish mindset that your free time is your own precious right, and that you should dedicate most of it to bringing yourself pleasure and happiness. The ideal is that you actually spend more of your free time doing something that benefits others in some way. The best way to accomplish this is to try to find some uplifting activities you can enjoy with others, because as you relax together in the presence of My Spirit‚ you will strengthen your bonds of unity.

In summary:

9. (Mama:) There's a time and a place for everything. All of us need personal free time and relaxation—and there's nothing wrong with that. But we also need to claim the keys of selflessness and love and make the effort to reach out to others. That's how we do our part to build unity and preserve the sample to the world of communal living and Acts 2:44–45, which the Enemy hates and is trying to destroy.

Key promise:

10. The keys of selflessness will give you the desire to focus on the needs of others before your own, the supernatural eyesight to look outward instead of inward, and love enough to give even to your own hurt.

Challenging Thot:

11. (Dad: ) The Devil is the king of the "me first" mindset‚ and I don't have to remind you about what happened when he began looking out for himself, wanting the best for himself, and thinking about himself! Pride is all about "self‚" and it was his downfall. So to remain in the safe zone‚ in a spiritually healthy state, abide by this simple rule for a happy life—JOY: Jesus, Others, then You. If you include others in your free time, the blessings of unity and love will enrich your life.

Shooting Straight‚ Part 5

ML #3503:103-118, GN 1091

Accomplishments and Work Are Not How the Lord Judges Success

103. (Jesus:) At the end of your life when you come Home to see Me, what do you think I'm going to care about the most? Do you think that I'll say, "Well done, you sure got a lot done; enter into the joy of your Lord," if those successes came at the price of neglecting loving interaction with your brothers and sisters?

104. I'm talking to those of you who get so focused on the work and all that you think you need to do that you start to see your brothers and sisters as hindrances to your progress. I'm talking to those of you who push aside the most important aspect of all—love—in preference to getting "one more thing" done on your to-do list. I'm talking to those of you who are so accomplishment-oriented that you've forgotten that you're on Earth to be love-oriented, and that without love, nothing else you do will profit you anything.

105. I know you all remember 1 Corinthians 13, right? Those aren't just Paul's words; that wasn't just his personal standard‚ or just true in his personal life. Those words came from Me. They are too beautiful and true and everlasting to just be Paul's own idea. They were directly inspired by Me, because they show how I feel; they expose My heart and how I judge when it comes to accomplishments vs. love. It says that if you do all those things, but don't have love, it profits you nothing. No profit = no good. Do you understand? That means that things done without love, or things accomplished at the cost of showing love and compassion and care for others, are unprofitable work—a waste of time, idle work, useless work, work no better in My eyes than the idle words you'll have to give account for.

106. No profit means that it didn't help you any. You might think that your haste and hurry and the lacks in your kindness and consideration of others will be justified in the end, but they won't be. The end will not justify the means. You can rush through life "getting stuff done," but you will have failed if you don't take time to care for others, to love them, to be Me for them, and to even delay the more important things you have to do in order to show those immediately around you that you care about them and their needs and that they matter to you.

107. I know that many of you have important jobs for Me, important duties for the Kingdom, and I thank you for being such faithful servants. But being a faithful servant, as important as that is, is not a higher priority than obeying the first two commandments. Those are your highest priorities of all: to love Me and love others. No matter what your to-do list says, you should always imagine that written above your top priority are two extra items: Love Me and love others. Getting your first priority done without doing those extra two means you really only did third best, which isn't good enough. That's failing in My books.

108. There's nothing that can compensate for a lack of love. There are no works that you can do which will make it okay that you didn't care for those around you. There's no task that is so great that I'll say it was okay that you treated others rudely or roughly or like hindrances to your plans in order that you could accomplish it. And since you cannot make up for a lack of love, the only solution, if you want your life to amount to anything in the next world‚ is to show that love. Love is life. Love is the only way to live. The greatest of these is love.

109. Some of you might think that what you're doing is manifesting love for Me via your hard work, or love for the lost via the works that you are doing to bring them to salvation. That is true in many cases. Yet even those works cannot supersede the personal love that I want to show to those immediately around you through your personal acts and words of kindness to them. It's like John said about not being able to love Me whom you haven't seen, if you can't love your brothers whom you do see (1John 4:20).

110. So don't let the Enemy trick you into thinking that whatever you're doing is more important than love. Being too hasty or rude‚ or being short-tempered with people‚ making people feel unimportant, being impatient‚ being too busy to smile at someone or show My love in other ways, all these things will render your task meaningless in the end. I will not look at it and say, "Well, you weren't kind, you weren't loving, you didn't have charity, but boy oh boy‚ you sure got some stuff done‚ so it's okay." That's a deception of the Enemy when you think that way; it's not how I work or judge things.

111. I want you to stop for others, to make people feel important, to make people feel that you care about them, and that regardless of how busy you are, they matter too; they matter even more than whatever project it is that you're working on.

112. I'll close this message to you with some other words, perhaps less known than those of Paul, but also inspired by Me. They are found in Charles Dickens' novel, "A Christmas Carol." I helped to get this message into that story, because it is so vitally important, just as much now as when it was written, and even more so because the world is getting so much faster, and people's hearts are growing so much colder.

113. In the story, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley‚ his old business partner, who expresses to Scrooge how much regret he has in the afterlife that he didn't show more charity, that he wasn't a better man, or in so many words, wasn't more loving. Scrooge tries to comfort him by pointing out his good points and saying, "Well‚ you were always a good man of business." Or as you might put it today, "You always got a lot of stuff done." But Jacob Marley replies, "Mankind should have been my business."

114. How about you? Is mankind your business? Is your top priority to love others? —Even above the press of your daily work? It'd better be, or you too will be filled with regret that your works have turned to ashes, and without love, you have nothing to show for all that other stuff you did.

115. Start today to make a change! Learn to love others! Make that your top priority, your business. Go full-time into the business of love. Love is what the Kingdom of God is made out of. Therefore if you're loving, you're seeking first the Kingdom of God! And then the promise will hold true that everything else—all the success you need—will be added unto you. (End of message.)

In summary:

116. (Mama:) To be successful, fruitful, accomplished, blessed, rewarded, and wind up with fruit that remains: Love!

Key promise:

117. When you call on the keys of prioritizing, I will help you see in the spirit, and will remind you of the true priorities in life.

Challenging Thot:

118. (Dad:) Always remember, no matter how busy you are, how important the work is, or how great your calling may be, love is the most important thing! Without love, all your good works are worth nothing to the Lord. Without love‚ all your accomplishments are empty ashes. Love is the only thing that's going to endure beyond this life. Love is the only thing that lasts. Love is what you're on Earth to learn above all. So love!


A Plea from the Cathars

ML #3259:34-38‚ 46-48‚ 51‚ 64-77, 81-87, 113–117‚ GN 860

34. (Cathar:) We lived such peaceful, happy lives! That's what we wanted—peace and quiet and happiness and solitude and freedom to live our lives, freedom to love our Jesus, and freedom to love one another. We wanted to live away from the crowds, away from the pressure and the law that sought to bind us and control us. So we sought refuge in the quietness and the beauty of the hills of France, the far distant hills away from the crowds, so we could be free to love one another and raise our children.

35. We had beautiful, simple villages. We sang many happy songs and we danced at night. We praised the Lord and we loved the Lord and we loved one another. We cared for each other and we cared for each other's children. We gave to each other and we served each other, and our lives were simple and beautiful.

36. We loved freely, but we also cared greatly. We gave to one another freely, but we also shared the responsibility to love the unlovely, to care for the weak, to care for the sick, to care for the mothers and the children.

37. Love was our creed‚ and this love was expressed in so many ways: in our happy praises to Jesus, in our daily prayer time when we would unite and pray for one another and thank the Lord for His mercy and His supply and His protection, for the peace that He had blessed us with and the simple life that we were blessed to live.

38. Our love was manifested as we would care for one another, as we would share each other's burdens, as we would serve one another and as we would love. We had such beautiful love, so free, so warm, so tender. We had hot, passionate love for Jesus and for each other!

46. The powerful ones were not happy about this. The powerful ones hated us. They hated our love and they hated our message. They despised what we stood for, because we exposed them and their lack of love, their spiritless religion. We exposed their hypocrisy and their riches without righteousness. We exposed them, and they hated us for it, and they hated us for taking their children, the youth of that day. They hated our message of love, and they hated our freedom, and they hated the way we cared for one another. They hated the way we raised our children to believe in Jesus and to love Him more than anything else. They hated the way we didn't raise our children according to their plan, according to their mores and codes, and according to what they expected, but we raised our children in love and in freedom.

47. They were so afraid of our love and our freedom. And it was because of this fear and this hate that they sought us out and they sought to destroy us. They sought to destroy us because they were the enemies of love and the enemies of God. They said they loved Jesus, but they didn't. They hated Jesus, and they hated us because we represented Jesus. They hated us because we exposed them, because our light and our love exposed their darkness and their hatred.

48. So they sought us out and they killed us all. They thought that by killing us‚ they would stop the message of Jesus. They thought that by destroying us, our voice would be heard no more, and that our love would die with us. But they were wrong. They were such fools! They didn't realize that in killing us they only released our spirits to live forever! And our message of love would never be stopped or silenced!

51. These fools who tried to stop us and defeat us and destroy our voice are the ones who were disappointed! They tried to put an end to our voice, but the words were not ours, but those of the Lord Who gave them to us. Their works perished, while we live on! Our works do follow us, and they have been born again in the children of David! (End of message.)

64. (Cathar:) Thank you for asking us to speak. We have so much to say. We have spoken with your father many times. He listened to us, to our guidance, to our words of love when he was there with you on Earth. He was attuned to our instruction and to our guidance.

65. We helped him to stay dropped out. We helped him in his battles against the church system. We helped him in his discovery of the truth. We helped him in his interpretation of Jesus' Law of Love. We helped to give him the grace for the many sacrifices that he made when pioneering what you call Flirty Fishing, leading your great Family into such freedom and such light.

66. We were with your Father David from the beginning, instructing him and helping him and giving him courage and strength to stand strong against the status quo; to stay dropped out and revolutionary and radical and extreme; to be the iconoclast that he was!

67. We were helping and observing and supporting and directing and encouraging him, because we knew how important it was that he received the revelation of the Law of Love, and that he stayed strong in his conviction, and that he'd be faithful to pass it on to his children, who he knew would receive it, believe it, act on it and live it.

68. We knew that David's children would live it as we lived it. We knew that your parents were searching for a life of happiness, freedom and love just as we were. We knew their hearts were soft and tender to Jesus' voice, and they were willing to give anything that He would require of them so that they could be closer to Him and have more of His love, more of His Spirit, and more of His freedom; so that they could please Him and obey Him. We knew their hearts had this receptive soil to receive these precious seeds of the truth of God.

69. We knew that your Father David would be a faithful caretaker, that he would receive the Words, and that your Queen Maria would faithfully care for them and guard them and protect them and pass them on to the hungry hearts that would cherish them. We knew this precious truth would not be lost with your Father David and with his faithful, loving handmaiden, Maria.

70. So we have been amongst those Heavenly counselors round about you—helping, instructing, encouraging and strengthening. And so do we continue even now in your hour of need. We are at your beck and call, and it is our desire to continue to strengthen the hearts and minds of the children of David—to strengthen you through our words, through our presence, through our testimony. To encourage you to keep fighting and to keep trusting, to not compromise, to not let down the banner of love, to not let go of the freedom that you have been blessed with from the hand of Jesus. To not lose sight of the precious riches that have been entrusted into your care in the Words of David.

71. For these are the Last Days, and this is the greatest battle! And you, the children of David, must be stronger than ever! You must be purer than ever, in your thoughts and in your hearts and in your desire. You must be more dropped out than ever, hating the System more than ever and loving Jesus more than ever!

72. It is not a time to compromise. It is not a time to take into your hearts and minds and souls the thoughts and ways of the people of the world. It is a time to reject them more than ever—to separate yourselves so that you may stay strong and clean and close to Jesus, because the battles are great and they will be yet greater! There will be demands placed upon you that will be so great and so fierce, that only by staying close to Jesus and strong in the power of David and mighty in the ways of the Word, will you be able to withstand and conquer in the battles that are ahead.

73. So we say to you young people that it is a time to awake out of sleep! To awake out of compromise! To awake out of the lethargy and laziness of spirit, and to take your place among the ranks with your parents, with the faithful ones‚ with those who have proven themselves and who have been willing, as we were‚ to lay down their lives for the truth.

74. Don't you see that your parents have already given their lives for Jesus? They've already stood strong against the System. They've already been willing to be made of no reputation and to be mocked and scorned because of their great love and their great freedom. Their hearts and their minds are one with us. Though they may weaken in the face of the Enemy's vicious attacks, still they hold to the commission Jesus has given them, and they have faith and conviction that the calling they have been given is right and pure. Though they become weak, they do not poop out, but hold on to the Lord. When He sees His children weak and still holding on through their weaknesses, He sees soldiers who are becoming strong, waxing valiant in fight, and He is proud of them.

75. And now we proclaim the day of challenge to you young people. Are your hearts and minds one with us? Are you, too, willing to live and die for love? Is love that important to you—freedom to love one another and freedom to love Jesus? Does it mean enough to you that you are willing to die for it? Or are you willing to let the System steal it away little by little until you become blind and numb and you don't even notice that you have lost the love and freedom that you once had‚ and the love and freedom that your parents and those who have gone before you were willing to give their lives for?

76. We have helped your Father David and your Queen‚ Mother Maria. And we have helped your parents in their hour of need. We strengthened them because we knew their hearts' desire was to believe and to follow and obey and live a life of love, no matter what the cost.

77. And now we are willing to help you. We will help any who call upon us, who need our help, and desire our help. No matter how weak you feel. No matter how incapable and lacking in love, and selfish and tainted and polluted by the System of the world. No matter how bad and sinful you feel. If you will call out to Jesus for strength, if you will forsake your ungodly and wicked ways‚ you will find strength. We will be amongst your Heavenly counselors who will help you and give you strength that you know not of.

81. Some of you may see this Law of Love, this freedom of love as a small thing‚ insignificant in your eyes‚ but we know how important it is! We know that it is a key in the Endtime events. Therefore this truth and this light must be preserved in all of its purity.

82. It is better that there be a few children of David who are willing to live this truth completely and wholly than many children of David who live it only halfheartedly or not at all. For it is not in the numbers that there is strength, but it is in how each one lives the truth of the Words of Jesus and the Words of David.

83. Your key place in the Endtime is dependent upon your faithfulness and loyalty to the truth. You have been given so much truth, and it is your responsibility to stand strong for that truth—to protect it, to speak it, to live it and to let it be a testimony, even if it costs you your life. For when you receive the truth wholeheartedly you will grow to love it, and then you will know that it is worth it to give your life for the truth, for this precious, precious freedom of love that Jesus has given you in these words of the Law of Love, in these words of your teachers and your faithful shepherd David.

84. As you receive it and as you live it, you will grow to love it, and then you will see how important this is, that this very freedom, this very Law of Love is what makes the children of David what they are. For there are many, yea, multitudes who are willing to love Jesus. There are many who are willing to praise Him and worship Him and even tell others about Him‚ but there are so few who are willing to live His love to the full and be a testimony of His love and an example of His Law of Love—living love to the full, loving even when it hurts.

85. This is the truth that the Enemy hates the most, and for this reason he is doing everything in his power to destroy it. So take up this truth and eat it and receive it and cherish it in your heart. Do not let the Enemy steal this treasure that has been given unto you from the hand of David and the hand of Maria. For you have been more blessed than any people on the face of the Earth because of this abundant truth. So take it, receive it, cherish it and love it!

86. There will come the day when you will die for this truth, just as we did. But there will also come the day when you will rise again in victory and you will go on to your reward, just as we did! And then you will know that it was worth it, that you made the right choice in living your lives in love.

87. So live in love! Love and live! Love and serve Jesus! And eventually you will die for love, but you will rise again to love forever in His Kingdom of love! (End of message.)

113. (Jesus:) Have you felt their spirits helping you? Have you felt the touch of their spirits in your lives? They are so excited, they are rejoicing and applauding and jumping up and down, for now is the chance that they have been waiting for!

114. They have waited so long to have their chance to come back and take over the world. They have found their opportunity in the children of David. The children of David have manifested their faith and belief and yieldedness to Me and My Spirit and to the Loving Jesus revelation, so now the Cathars have finally found the willing and yielded vessels through which they can work. They're so excited to be able to help you! They're so thankful and thrilled that the children of David are going to carry on some of the things that they started.

115. They believed in sexual freedom in the same sense as you. Many of them loved Me intimately and loved each other intimately and would have loved many more intimately if the world would have accepted them. But the world scorned them and mocked them and massacred them, for fear that their religious beliefs would set others free from the bondage of the System—free to know Me personally and intimately, and therefore have no need of the religious system.

116. They did not have time to experience or pass on the Loving Jesus message or revelation in the same way that the children of David have been able to. It was just beginning in their lives. The seed was there‚ the dream and the vision and the desire‚ but they did not have time to fulfill it completely in the way that they wanted to. That is why they are so thrilled and happy and excited that the children of David will be able to carry on what they started and will be able to fulfill the Loving Jesus revelation.

117. Now the Cathars of the spirit and the children of David in this world join forces, to be a mighty fighting army of the Endtime—one which will accomplish My will in the End. (End of message.)

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