Love in its essence is spiritual fire.Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.
Upon whom among the Reformed the Last Judgment was effected. The Last Judgment was effected upon those only of the Reformed, who in the world confessed God, read the Word, heard preaching, partook of the sacrament of the Supper, and did not neglect the solemnities of the worship of the church; and yet thought that adulteries, various kinds of theft, lying, revenge, hatred, and the like, were allowable.
These although they confessed God, still made no account of sins against Him; they read the Word, and still they made no account of the precepts of life in it; they heard preachings, and still they paid no attention to them; they went to the sacrament of the Supper, and still they did not desist from the evils of their former life; they did not neglect the solemnities of worship, and still they amended their lives in nothing.
Thus they lived as if from religion, in their externals, yet in their internals they had nothing of it. These are they who are meant by “the dragon” in the Apocalypse (chap. 12); for it is there said of the dragon, that it was seen in heaven, that it fought with Michael in heaven, and that it drew down the third part of the stars from heaven; which things are said, because these, by means of the confession of God, by reading the Word, and by external worship, communicated with heaven. Excerpt from The Last Judgment Emanuel Swedenborg 1758
But the latest clothing and fashions at such heavenly shows represent the most desirable and sought-after inner qualities of one’s heart and mind.
In other words, all clothes in the other world reflect the beliefs that one adorns their lives with. So spiritual fashion trends (truth trends) would put on display the newest and best-fitting heavenly lessons—tailored exactly to our needs. (These lessons and teachings of God’s Spiritual Truths are those that will best complement the evolution of one’s inner life.)
And, as one becomes more and more receptive to God’s teachings, the more beautiful one’s spiritual wardrobe and fashions in the next world will get.
In the spiritual world, we not only will wear our hearts on our sleeves, we will also wear our hearts (and deepest beliefs) in every stitch and in everything we dress up in. The fabric will always represent the fabric of our very being!
So fashion statements are much more profound and deeply personal in the spiritual realm than they are here on earth.
Too many people only want to go were they can find acceptance (they even expect this from God). But God and heaven’s angels already accepteveryoneinto their kingdom of mutual love. So what keeps people from enjoying heavenly peace and eternal happiness?
Eternal peace and happiness is not someplace where other souls treat you right. It is a deep state of mind and quality acquired by individuals who are willing to probe their inner dirt and who consciously choose to remove these negative aspects from their lives (with the Lord’s help).
This process can be truly unflattering (and no angel will ever flatter or validate you if that is what you seek). So, a certain kind of bravery is called for and a certain kind ofendurancemust be created from our own efforts in self-examination.
If these negative aspects are not explored, challenged and resisted, our best deeds will always be stained by worldly elements of pride, vanity, status, and self-importance, which keep us away from heaven’s environment ofinnocence.
The trick is not to become good people, but to attract God’s goodness into our lives, which comes only from the removal of our harmful types of behavior.
This is why becoming a member of a Heavenly society requires self-initiation. We are each personally responsible for the quality of our own soul.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
“The Lord provides and arranges that the more our thinking and motivation come from heaven, the more our inner spiritual self is opened and developed. It is opened into heaven all the way up to the Lord, and developed in harmony with the things that exist in heaven.”
Emanuel Swedenborg, New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 43
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