Treasure the companionship of the righteous and eschew all fellowship with the ungodly. (Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Persian 3)
Shoghi Effendi explains this better than I can:
In the passage ‘eschew all fellowship with the ungodly, ‘Bahá’u’lláh means that we should shun the company of those who disbelieve in God and are wayward. The word ‘ungodly’ is a reference to such perverse people. The words ‘Be thou as a flame of fire to My enemies and a river of life eternal to My loved ones’, should flee from the enemies of God and instead seek the fellowship of His lovers. (Shoghi Effendi: Dawn of a New Day, p. 200)
Before reading Shoghi Effendi’s explanation, I used this Hidden Word to consider whether or how much time I should spend with the people who’d abused me so terribly in childhood. Because I didn’t deem their behavior “righteous” or “godly”, I felt as if this was giving me permission to avoid them. However, these people were Godly in that they made sure I learned about God, so I could see there was a difference between what they believed and how they lived their lives, which was confusing.
I like Shoghi Effendi’s second part of this quote, where we “seek the fellowship of His lovers”, which reminds me to spend my time with other Bahá’ís and those whose behavior matches their beliefs. This is easier to follow!
Spending my time with God’s lovers makes me feel safe and loved and protected, and 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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