Being transformational instruments of LOVE
“Nothing worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love. No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as it from our standpoint. Therefore we must be saved by the final form of love, which is forgiveness.”
—The Irony of American History by Reinhold Niebuhr
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind (New Living Translation; Mathew 22:36-37).
M. B. Eddy: “Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.”
Hope, faith, love and forgiveness are four of LOVE’s infinite spiritual qualities. Like all of LOVE’s qualities, these four express transformational power.
To live by them makes us better fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, friends and citizens. It helps greatly to understand that because we are LOVE’s incorporeal ideas, spiritual qualities are integral to our non-material composition.
Hope is both an aspiration and an expectation of good. Our hope is stronger and more consistent when we start from the realization that all health, resources and intelligence emanate from unbounded and preeminent SPIRIT-GOD. Hope morphs into faith.
Faith is more than an expectation of good; it is a state of certainty. With illumined faith we are convinced that what we are striving for is achievable. We are more persistent, disciplined and joyous when we are full of certainty. Our communion with SOUL-GOD imparts glowing faith, this intuitive sense that all good is achievable. Everything meaningful is attainable because GOOD-GOD is the unsurpassable fountain of infinite goodness.
LOVE-GOD is the essential substance of the spiritual universe and of man. Human love, in its purest, most generous and effective form, is the outcome of LOVE-GOD, who is superlative intelligence and might. Spiritual love binds us together, protects us, and it promotes wondrous achievements.
Forgiveness is a liberating expression of LOVE. It extirpates hatred and revenge, which can otherwise ruin us from inside out. To forgive is to assert our LOVE-given spiritual wholeness, liberty and might. The more we forgive the more its spreads in others.
Hope, faith, love and forgiveness produce healing change. By living them daily we act as SOUL’s dynamic, transformational instruments.