The heart must needs therefore be cleansed from the idle sayings of men, and sanctified from every earthly affection, so that it may discover the hidden meaning of divine inspiration, and become the treasury of the mysteries of divine knowledge. (Bahá’u’lláh, Kitáb-i-Íqán, p. 70)
As a highly sensitive people-pleaser, I often get caught up in other people’s negativity and backbiting and can so easily go down that rabbit hole with them. At those times I find myself wanting to withdraw from people entirely, to avoid the temptation of participating in the “idle sayings of men” and engaging in my “earthly affection” for information and drama.
This quote is telling us something different though. It’s not my ears I need to stop or people I need to avoid. It’s almost as though God anticipates this problem. He knows it’s going to happen, so here He tells me to cleanse my heart. Calling myself to account and asking God for His forgiveness and protection from it happening again are two tools that I use to cleanse my heart.
I love that embedded in the quote are the benefits: to the extent that I’m able to cleanse my heart and make it holy and free from sin (sanctify) it, I’ll be able to “discover the hidden meaning of divine inspiration and become the treasury of the mysteries of God’s divine knowledge”.
Knowing how to attract God’s knowledge and inspiration, 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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