“Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” -Eric Hoffer
Lately I have been learning a lot of lessons in matters of the heart. When I say heart, I mean in using it, not in a romanticized sense. The hardest part of love is loving. The hardest part of loving is learning. The hardest part of learning is listening. Finally, the hardest part of listening is silence.
I realized that in its own weird way, love is many things, but in it’s most genuine state, it is peace. Like I mentioned before, love is all about demonstration, willingness, and stillness of ego. The love of God is the only example of what real love looks like, but our job here in this life is to love Him back. In doing so we become a reflection of how we are to love each other and how to be loved.
When you see someone, you see what your mind sees and the majority of us see incorrectly. The key to love is allowing your heart to lead instead of your mind or your eyes. To know God is to know loving Him blindly. We cannot see Him with our eyes and our minds cannot fathom His greatness, yet we know He is worthy to be praised and feel His love in our lives daily. That love He pours out is the love we should in turn, pour out on others.
When you’re kind to others, you help yourself;
when you’re cruel to others, you hurt yourself. (Proverbs 11:17 MSG)
It is so important to know that regardless of hardships in love and life, love is what mends the broken spirit and heals the broken heart. It is easy to break others down when you are on the floor, but it is quite another to love regardless of your stance in the world.
“Christian soldiers armed with virtue- hearts afire with blind obsession, cannot see the difference ‘twixt compassion and oppression.” -Unknown
Whether you have been hurt, hated, homeless, hopeless, or are simply happy, love is what takes you through it all. If we reflect the love God has for us on everyone we come into contact with, one way or another all that is lost is restored. We are made to be in His image. The imitation of love in its purest form. Do not judge others for their reflections. Instead, know that if it is not God you see in them, perhaps they need to see Him through you.
We are all but mirrors. Unity is the irrefutable reflection of love. Be to others what you see in you. The love of the creator of the universe and all those in it.
Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults – unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back – given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity (Luke 6:37 MSG)