Love and fellowship are absolutely needful to win the good pleasure of God, which is the goal of all human attainment. (Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 410)
It’s easy to love those we like, but much harder when we don’t like them and harder still when they’ve done something to hurt us. That’s when we need it the most! That’s when we need to remember how much God loves us, and that He’s forgiven our sins, so we can extend that courtesy to others. It doesn’t mean putting ourselves in danger of being hurt again. Sometimes the most loving thing you can do for both of you is to walk away, pray for them, and leave them in God’s hands. Other times you may find a way to be of service either to them directly, or in their name.
The other idea here is one of fellowship, which is also necessary to win God’s good pleasure. In the Kitab-i-Aqdas, we are told to “respond to invitations”, which I used to think meant to accept all invitations. Now I see that to “respond” might mean graciously declining at times.
As an introvert, there were times when I just needed to be by myself, so these injunctions are helpful in encouraging me to step out of my cave, and learn to both give love and receive love. The only way I can do this is in fellowship with others.
Remembering that loving others and having fellowship with them wins me God’s approval, 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 Criticizing Others
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