BUT ~ if I choose to be something (loving, for instance), and believe I already am that, my doing flows naturally out of my being.
"As a man thinketh in his own heart, so is he."(emphasis mine, but also, I dare to say, God's)
Semantics, you say? Perhaps. If you think that in your heart, then sure. ;)
But what if it's a larger, perhaps universal, truth...?
I see that I'm made in the image of God (as are you, y'know) ... and that can mean many different things, to many different people.
For me, what I've come to believe, is that I'm made in the image of God, because that's the only "stuff" from which anyone/anything can be made...! Everything is God-stuff, in various forms. As I was reading this morning, in the 11th chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans:
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (verse 36)
Yes, I'm made in the image of God, who IS Love. If I really *believe* that, if I think that in my heart -- so will I be. And thus will I do. (Can anyone say "Abundant Life"?)
I AM Love.
So be it.