“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Teilhard de Chardin
The journey for our inner peace begins when we start to seek the simple and beautiful things in life, those little things that really matter.
“Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, and violence multiplies violence in a descending spiral of destruction… Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” – Martin Luther King
Such divine love, which is able to transform enemies into friends, is the greatest power in the world because it can change human hearts. It can heal a conscience that has become twisted, and it can give a soul its original beauty. Love can forgive, heal and renew!
Divine love is the greatest power of life – a source for continual inspiration and change!
However, such divine love is not easy to obtain. The truth is, it is difficult to love those who hate us, to forgive those who hurt us, or to have mercy on those who offend us.
But God is ready to give us this love, to fill our hearts with His divine love. It is from the ocean of God’s love that the tiny drops of our own ability to love come from.
We receive the ability to love only through the grace that comes from Christ! He can help us overcome anger, bitterness, hatred, and evil so that they no longer have any control over our lives.
Through divine love, we will find the freedom to discover our true nature – our identity as God’s beloved children.
We all need to ask ourselves the most important question in life. Why are we here? What does God seek from our lives during this short time on earth?
The answer is love! We are called to be loved, and to love! To recognize our identity as God’s beloved children, and then share that love with others. This unconditional, sacrificial, divine love opens up an unending wellspring of power within our lives.
There is an old story about a scorpion and a holy man, who while meditating beside a river saw a scorpion drowning in the river. He reached out to rescue it, and the scorpion stung him! The holy man dropped it back in the water, on reflex. But then, he reached out again, and scooped up the scorpion, which once again stung him — and again he was unable to hold onto the scorpion and dropped it … but reached out again to try to rescue it.
Finally a passerby shouted at him, “Let the evil creature drown! It will only kill you if you keep reaching out for it!”
The holy man asked, “Do you know why the scorpion stung me?”
The passerby said: “It is the nature of scorpion to sting.”
And the holy man said, “Just because it’s the scorpion’s nature to sting doesn’t change my nature to save. It is my nature to love. If a small insect like a scorpion does not give up its nature, why should I give up my nature? Should I give up loving others because they hurt me?”
Don’t give up loving.
Don’t give up your goodness.
Even if people around you sting.