I want to say I “know” everything would change if I truly believed this one thing.
We are created in God’s image: we are Gods. Two references in the Bible state this: “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psalm 82:6) and “Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?” (John 10:34).
The point being that we too, have all power, are all wise, know all things and are fully loved by God. Our only expression can be the giving and receiving of love in all the glorious ways this can be done. It’s certainly the highest expression. We are the love of God and we’ve been given the power to choose love in every moment.
My upbringing and conditioning would have me judge myself as arrogant, blasphemous or worse to say such a thing. This certainly could not be “right relationship” to God. Being created in God’s image though, does not undo the relationship of Father to child. God is Father, is Mother-Father God. We are the child.
Thank God for 12 Step programs where I was told I could define God in my own terms and let go of the fearful, punishing image of God. Yes! We can define God in loving terms and come to know God and ourselves as love. Thank God for New Thought Christianity because that is where I continued to grow in these concepts. God is love. You are love. I am love. Thank God. Yes, I’m learning to let gratitude replace fear of God as well.
Actually, these concepts of a loving God are “everywhere”. We can recognize the progress we are collectively experiencing and when we come across what I would simply call “error”, we can make the correction in our own minds.
For example, we are overcoming the belief that Divine Love is conditional. This phrase is an oxymoron. God being love can only love. God does not give only to those who believe in God or who are “worthy”. God gives equally to all His children. Our worth is assured in God’s creation of us. We do, however, receive God’s gifts in varying degrees for so very many reasons. When we look around, we see this is so as some have more or less than others. Nothing looks equal at all out there. We likewise experience God’s love in varying degrees. We are all worthy of God’s love. When we get this one fact, when we really know it, everything will change.
I keep coming back to this choice to love. Is it like “Seeking the Kingdom” to seek for a greater experience of love? For self, towards others and for God? How can what is given by God be difficult to achieve, or to simply receive? Having said that, it seems to be a daily practice to not drown in the ego’s voice that would lead us away from love; to no longer judge our world leaders and how we are living individually or collectively today; to allow friends and family to be just as they are and to strive to simply be that gentler, kinder, more loving voice and person.
When we can do this, we will know love and the peace that passeth understanding. Oh, Glorious Day! I’ll meet you there.