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. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 89)
Never become angry! Now that’s a hard one! God gave us the emotion of anger and now he wants us to not use it? Yikes! But then I love how he tells us how to do it – you love them for the sake of God. Simple, but not easy!
I used to think that I was a fairly relaxed, easy-going person, but it’s recently come to my attention just how many resentments I’ve been harboring, with more accumulating each day! I’m grateful to have had the veils lifted from my eyes, so I can forgive and let them go. I’m hoping that when I exercise that muscle some more, my insides might match the person I want to be.
We can’t have unity if we hold onto anger, and we can’t help move the world towards a lasting peace without peace in our hearts. Love and anger can’t exist in the same heart and where anger lives, God flees. I have some forgiving and loving to take care of today!
I can love people for the sake of God, even when I get angry at the things they do, 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!
If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Letting Go of Anger and Bitterness