The world today is submerged, amongst other things, in an over-exaggeration of the importance of physical love, and a dearth of spiritual values. In as far as possible the believers should try to realign this and rise above the level of their fellow-men who are, typical of all decadent periods in history, placing so much over-emphasis on the purely physical side of mating. Outside of their normal, legitimate married life they should seek to establish bonds of comradeship and love which are eternal and founded on the spiritual life of man, not on his physical life. (Shoghi Effendi, Bahá’í Marriage and Family Life, p. 14)
This is one of the hardest quotes for many people inside and outside the Faith to understand, that our spiritual life is more important than sex. I find it hard to rise above the level of those around me, who I fear are judging me for my “holier than thou” attitude. This creates a barrier between me and other people, because I tend to avoid movies, TV shows, books and magazines that promote sex and stay away from those who who indulge in pornography and extra-marital sex. I don’t mean to be judging them. I mean only to use discernment in how to keep my own thoughts and actions pure. This leads to a lot of loneliness’ and isolation. I’m serving in an inactive cluster so find it hard to maintain relationships with like-minded people.
After a life of moving every two years, I’m coming to realize that I don’t have the ability to seek to establish friendships founded on spiritual life and I’m learning that this is a capacity I can develop, and find true love with my “best lover” and myself first, so that I have that love to give out to others.
It’s OK to rise above the level of my neighbors and put my faith in the importance of maintaining spiritual values, and I am grateful!
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