‘There is no love but God’s.’
Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think that there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees, no kinds nor levels, no divergences and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the heart of God and also of His Son.
Love cannot judge. Love is a law without an opposite. Its wholeness is the power holding everything as one. No law the world obeys can help you grasp love’s meaning. Today we take the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal.
For fifteen minutes twice today escape from every law you now believe. Open your mind and rest. At least three times an hour think of someone who is sharing this journey with you and say:
I bless you, brother, with the Love of God, which I would share with you. For I would learn the joyous lesson that there is no love but God’s and yours and mine and everyone’s.
I understand why this is billed as the largest single step in the course. It is asking that we treat everyone exactly the same in terms of love. One cannot have different kinds of love; essentially there isn’t a different kind of love for our wives, husbands, children, siblings, friends, colleagues, and the man-in-the-street. There is only one love and it must be applied equally.
It took me till the end of the course last time to grasp this concept, and even now I still sometimes struggle with it. How can I not love my children more than the people on Erdington High Street or in the Bullring markets? Shouldn’t I have a different love for my husband than shopkeepers and neighbours?
I’ve been trying today to apply this lesson, but in all honesty I’ve not been able to love my son’s ex-landlady as much as I love my son. I will keep working on it though.
Pic is of the bull outside the Bullring – all ready for the Olympics