Real Love!

RIP PrincePrince was known for his flamboyant androgynous style or play with gender, showmanship and defiance of racial stereotypes. He has also been noted for the strong female presence in his bands and his support for women in the music industry throughout his career.

Journalist Nik Cohn described him as “rock’s greatest ever natural talent”. Writing his first song when he was seven years old. His singing abilities encompassed a wide range from falsetto to baritone and rapid, seemingly effortless shifts of register. Prince was also renowned as a multi-instrumentalist. On his first five albums, he played nearly all the instruments, including 27 instruments on his debut album, When asked during a television interview by Dick Clark how many instruments he could play, he responded “Thousands”.


In 1993, during negotiations regarding the release of The Gold Experience, a legal battle ensued between Warner Bros. and Prince over the artistic and financial control of his musical output. During the lawsuit, he appeared in public with the word “slave” written on his cheek. Prince explained that he had changed his name to an unpronouncable symbol to emancipate himself from his contract with Warner Bros. and that he had done it out of frustration because he felt his own name now belonged to the company


As a Jehovah’s Witness Prince did not speak publicly about his many charitable endeavors like In 2001 he donated $12,000 anonymously to the Louisville Free Public Library system to keep the historic Western Branch Library, the first full service library for African Americans in the country, from closing.


I loved Prince because it taught me at a young age it was ok to be different, it was ok to be yourself and buck systems of oppression!

Galatians 3:28

28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.


So together let’s all take a moment to mourn the loss of our brother Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson)


Point 1 The first command God gave about love was

Besides these differences in dogma and practice, Islam and Christianity preach the same virtues and strive for the same goal. The great commandment of Christianity is to love God above all else, and the second is to love all other humans as you would love yourself. And Mohammed said, “No one of you is faithful, if he does not love his brother as he loves himself.” Klaus Koschorke;Frieder Ludwig;Marian Delgado;Roland Spliesgart. A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1450-1990: A Documentary Sourcebook (Kindle Locations 3976-3979). Kindle Edition.


 Leviticus 19:17-18

17 You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbor, or you will incur guilt yourself. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.


Then again Jesus came to fulfill the law and he said: Mark 12:30

30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

self carePoint 2 SELF-CARE

Examples of self-care behaviors include:

  • seeking information (reading books or pamphlets, searching the Internet, attending classes, joining a self-help group);
  • exercising; seeing a doctor on a regular basis;
  • getting more rest; lifestyle changes;
  • following low fat diets;
  • monitoring vital signs; and seeking advice,
  • evaluating this information, and making decisions to act or even to do nothing.
  • Self-care benefits include:
  • lower costs for the health care system;
  • healthier relationships

Paul writes in Romans 12:3 for us to be sober minded when we are in self reflection.

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.


  1. Do I Take Care of myself?
  2. Am I honest with myself?
  3. Do I have faith in myself and the life God blessed me with?
  4. Do I give myself space to love, live and grow?
  5. Do I show myself love?
  6. Do I trust myself to take care of myself?
  7. Do I protect myself from unhealthy habits, behaviors and friends

I posted a Meme the other day that said  Don’t worry if other people like you because most people are struggling to love themselves.

Dont worry

Point 3 Jesus knew we would struggle loving ourselvesBy this

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.

Jesus kind of love:

  • He loved us before we loves him
  • He loves us even though we questions him
  • He loves us even though we ignore him
  • He loves us even though sometimes we don’t love ourselves and appreciate the life we have
  • He healed the sick even when he was tired
  • He radiated love so that there was healing by a simple touch by him or an encouraging word

He is:

  • Our Shoulder to Cry one when no one is there
  • Our Rock
  • Our Family, Friend, Leader, Teacher and Role Model
  • He has taught us what we need to know when times get rough
  • He helps us move on
  • He pushes up out of bed
  • He helps us live when no one else has the time to
  • He inspires us in endless ways
  • He has been with us through all stages of life even in death


34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.


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