It’s always useful to find, in what often seems to be a confusing cacophony of spiritual instruction, one clear and simple formula that puts everything in perspective.
One of many such formulas found in the New Testament is in the brief epistle known as First John. The writer is unknown, but the message is clear.
“God is love,” he writes, “and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in them.” This is a simple, clear guide to living a life of harmony, a life filled with health, abundance, growth, new awareness and all good things. Whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in them.
God is love. This is not the same as saying that God is loving. God is not a being that loves. God is love. God is a name we give to the universal energy of love.
Love is more than warm fuzzies, more than physical attraction, more than family ties – although it can express as all of this and more. Love is the great magnetic force behind all of life, the harmony beneath all appearances of diversity, the creative power of the heart. Whoever abides in that love is abiding in God, and God in them.
“Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus directed his followers. He clearly meant that the secret behind his works, his demonstrations, his access to the Power of God, was to be found in nurturing love for every circumstance.
Today I choose to access the creative power of God within me by loving as Jesus loved – deeply, freely, unconditionally. Thank you, God, for expressing in me as the power and joy of love.