“God is love,” we read in the epistle known as I John, “and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him (I John 4: 16).” Later in the same work we are told, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear (I John 4: 18).”
Our focus today is on the power of LOVE – the harmonizing, creative power that joins and binds together the universe and everything in it. If he who abides in love abides in God, and if God is our true nature, then it can only follow that love is not a quality we have to seek, or that we can ever lack. Love is the truth of who we are.
This is why Jesus consistently invokes love as the greatest commandment, and the most important energy, in the world. “Love one another as I have loved you,” he told his disciples (John 15:12). Why? Because it is through the power of love that we can most clearly align ourselves with our true Self – with the Presence and Power of God within us.
All of our challenges, every sense of limitation, every feeling of being alone and unsupported in the universe – all negative energy in our lives comes from fear. If you doubt this, you have only to focus on any challenge and ask yourself: What am I afraid of? If you are open and honest in your self-awareness, you will find that behind righteous anger, resentment, judgment there is fear. And, again, we remind ourselves that perfect love casts out fear. And so the reason for Jesus’ urging us to exercise the power of love becomes clearer. We love to align ourselves with God, for God is love. We love to express our own true identity, and to move the world closer to the kingdom of heaven.
Today I AM grateful for the endless availability of perfect love, expressing through me in all things as I move through this beautiful day. Amen.