Love Knows How To Love
God is ________ .
If I ask you to complete this sentence by putting a noun in the blank, what would the statement say that God Is? Don’t put an adjective, but a noun. Fill it in now before continuing on with the essay – I’ll wait!
Do you know that the New Testament filled in the blank in three different ways? Here they are: God is Spirit; God is Light; God is Love
If God is Spirit, Light, and Love, then as children of God, you and I are individualized expressions of the same spiritual essence. God as spirit, light, and love expresses through our heart center, flowing into our mind and body and affairs. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Let us now focus specifically upon Love. Here is a partial quote about Love from 1st John 4:7-19, in The Message, a paraphrased version.
“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each
other since love comes from God ... God is love . . .
the person who refuses to love doesn't know the
first thing about God ... because God is love ...
if we love one another, God dwells deeply with-
in us, and his love becomes complete in us! ...
We know it so well, we've embraced it heart
and soul, this love that comes from God.”
– 1 John 4:7-19 (The Message)
Now don’t become confused with humanity’s outlook. Our human ego must surrender control to the indwelling spirit in order for Love to express from the heart. The ego can choose to surrender to Love -- or not! The ego can live each day with an open heart -- or not! The ego does not know how to Love, but Love knows how to Love! Whether faced with good or bad, Love follows three simultaneous steps:
1. Love Accepts;
2. Love Embraces;
3. Love Transforms.
The ego rejects the bad, having judged it wrong; but Love accepts it, even as the sun accepts the darkness … just as it is. The ego abandons the bad, while Love embraces it, even as the sun embraces the darkness with its presence of warmth and light. The ego seeks to change, fix, or destroy the bad, but Love knows how to transform it, even as the sun transforms the darkness into light … simply by being what it is.
“The seed sprouts and grows—(the farmer) has no
idea how it happens. The earth does it all without
his help.” -- Mark 4:27-28
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
March 1, 2011