Love One Another. Three little words. So simple and yet so difficult to make work at times. When others say hurtful things and hold widely divergent views from our own, we struggle to hold this one precept, the single one that the teacher Jesus of Nazareth did his level best to impress upon us. Instead we wrap ourselves up in our flag or thump the tomes we think hold the ONLY truth, saying, “We know what’s best. We have the moral right of it all, you must do as we say or to hell with all of you.”
Well, beloveds, it does not work that way.
No, Love One Another is the simplest and the hardest, the all and the nothing, the Alpha and the Omega.
Oh, wait. What other “something” is so described? Yup, that’s right: “God.” So, have you “found God” yet? It’s very simple: Love One Another. You don’t have to be a Christian or a Jew or a Muslim or a Democrat or a Republican, White, Black, Green (card) or even Orange. You don’t have to be anything, really, other than These. Three. Words.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love does not belittle, swear at, or make another “wrong.” Instead it acknowledges another’s pain and tries to shine light on a better way. Love says “I see your humanity. I honor your humanity. I know you are my Brother or my Sister.”
Love says Share Fair. Everyone deserves their fair share, although “fair” is not necessarily “same” or even “equal” shares. We all come to this world with different talents and different things we need to learn. But for a small group of people to have the lion’s share, PLUS nearly everything else that rightfully belongs to everyone else, that is not fair.
“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:24
The Kingdom of God (or Heaven, as you prefer) is not a Where. It is an Energetic State. You cannot anchor yourself in this one manifestation of the physical world (wealth) and be able to enter into a state of exalted consciousness. Best to give away all that is more than you truly require to support the avatar you call “me,” make things right with your Brothers and Sisters, and then you will be able to “approach the altar.”
Kindness is key. Work together. Stay positive. Stay pleasant.
See yourselves as instruments in a gigantic orchestra, blending your voices together in a celestial symphony, sharing the solo lines, the supporting harmony, the counterpoint, the obbligato… think what beautiful music we can make together, no one instrument more important than another.
If you don’t believe, me, deprive that orchestra of one single type of instrument… take out the bass line, for instance. What happens? Yeah …. Yikes!
We ALL matter. We are ALL important, and therefore we must ALL work together for the good of ALL people, the whole Earth and everything in it.
Ask yourself: what can I do? What is my instrument? What is my part to play, and How do I play it even better? If we do that, together we will make beautiful music today and every day.