“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19: 18, New International Version)
This powerful direction is at the core of our well-being, as individuals and as a planet. If we were to fully heed this in our hearts as well as in our actions, we would have an experience that was peaceful as well as productive, progressive, satisfying.
This verse from the old testament is echoed by Jesus. It has the ring of Truth. It is so direct and clear, and yet it seems easy to forget or neglect. We find reasons to justify our grudges, our blame of others, our desire even that another suffer for a slight against us.
It isn’t that we should let bad behavior off the hook or that we ignore it. It is about what we choose to do in response. To love brings healing for ourselves as well as for another. As we use love with each other and toward each other, the hate, envy, fear, and evil activity loses power, and we find serenity as well as strength. Love is God and God is Life. To express Love is to express Life, and to feel the richness of God’s harmonious design for us all.
We truly feel better, more like ourselves, as we love one another. We can learn to forgive as we can, to let go of distrust, and to trust God to show us His better, safer, kinder, more beautiful way of Life.
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