Never become angry with one another. Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves. You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God. Humanity is not perfect. There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always become unhappy if you look toward the people themselves. But if you look toward God you will love them and be kind to them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete mercy. Therefore, do not look at the shortcomings of anybody; see with the sight of forgiveness. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 93)
I don’t think I’m alone in thinking how difficult it is to “never become angry with one another.” I’ve been immersed in a culture that models this behavior so well. I don’t know what a peaceful interaction with everyone would be like or how to get there. I love this quote because it gives me some tools. All I have to do is “love them for the sake of God.” Just as God loves me, no matter what I do, I can extend that same love to all my fellow men and when it seems almost impossible, I can do it “for the sake of God”, not because they deserve it.
There are many people who’ve let me down, many more who I feel superior towards. I may think I feel temporarily happy to be righteously angry and to hold onto my bitterness but in the end, it just comes back to bite me. When I can see with the sight of forgiveness and be kind to them and love them for the sake of God, it’s a much more delicious sort of happiness.
Discovering the secret of how to be happy and starting to apply the formula, I am grateful!
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