The attributes of God are love and mercy; the attribute of Satan is hate. Therefore, he who is merciful and kind to his fellowmen is manifesting the divine attribute, and he who is hating and hostile toward a fellow creature is satanic. (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 40)
This quote seems clear – our job is to be loving and forgiving, especially when the world wants us to be hating and hostile. Sometimes easier said than done! I’m going through a situation now that I’m trying to deal with in the right way and some of the people around me are so angry at what’s happened that they are taking sides and drawing swords and ready to do battle on my behalf. I’ve had to talk some of them back from the edge, and do it without gossiping or backbiting at a time when I am hurting from the sting of what happened. It’s been a day-by-day decision to apply the attributes of God.
When I remember the slogan “hurt people hurt people”, it helps me to be more compassionate and understanding. When I remember that I can give the problem to God and pray for the one who hurt me, I can love her for the sake of God and not be hypocritical. In addition to extending love and mercy to others, I also need to remember to show it to myself.
Knowing I have a choice to be loving and merciful to myself and others, I am grateful!
What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation? I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!
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