Can love make a real difference in our world? It seems that forces beyond our control are constantly working to set us at each others’ throats. Humanity is being presented with a choice – Love and Light or Lock and Load. We tell ourselves that the former is weakness and the latter is strong. I wonder.
We’ve tried various derivations of Lock and Load for millennia. We’ve done it from the time we learned to throw rocks at each other. Where has it gotten us? Light and Love has been around practically as long. The great, and not-so-great, spiritual teachers have tried to pull our attention away from the selfish, fear-driven Lock and Load and toward a world built on Light and Love.
Yet, we go to our churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples and as often as not we hear someone tell us that we’re special and different from THEM. God loves US more. God accepts only OUR form of worship. In extreme cases, God tells us to go out destroy everything we don’t agree with.
That’s division. It’s not love. That’s an invitation to fear-based thinking. It’s not a recipe for a world where every human being can live to his or her full potential. We’ve been at this for a long time. For some of us who have gotten off the wheel and beyond the conditioning long enough, it seems ridiculous that we keep getting stuck here.
Still, our political leaders say, “Maybe if we bomb a few more of THEM we’ll be safe.” “Maybe if we create memes that set them one against the other our power will be secure.” Our planet spends trillions on arms, but billions never find a moment of silence to reflect and see beyond what is to WHAT COULD BE.
Has a simple recipe been right before us for 2000 years?
One of the greatest spiritual texts ever written is I Corinthians 13. Many people use its description of love in their wedding ceremonies. For all of us, it’s an amazing reminder of love and its attributes.
I’m going to quote it here. As I do, I want you to think about how you can expand its meaning to include not only your family and your close friends, but people across the planet. Apply this profound sense of love to people not like you, people you disagree with, and people who annoy you. I don’t believe these amazing words were written only for wedding days. I believe they were written as a roadmap for living our lives. We could all better at it, couldn’t we?
1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Tomorrow I will share 20 more profound truths about love.
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.
He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. Can one woman really change the world? Can she expose a lie told for millennia? Can she make the future possible for two worlds?