Love God that His love may reach thee.
141. Love God that His love may reach thee: God’s love is always near to us, but we are ever far from Him. We must return that love if its special benefits are to reach us. Judaism: Zechariah 1:3 “Thus saith The LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto Me, saith The LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith The LORD of hosts.” Malachi 3:7 Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith The LORD of hosts. Christianity: 1 Corinthians 8:3 “But if any man love God, the same is known of Him.” “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” In other words, from these three statements from the Old and New Testaments of the bible, we can discern that if we turn towards God with love in our hearts for our creator, God will turn to us and let His love for us, which is always near to us, flow through us, because if we are showing our love for Him His love for us can reach into our hearts. And this reciprocal sharing of love in our hearts and the sharing of love God has for us can also be discerned in the other religions of God as well:
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Arabic Hidden Words)
BABI RELIGION: “GOD hath, at all times and under all conditions, been wholly independent of His creatures. He hath cherished and will ever cherish the desire that all men may attain His gardens of Paradise with utmost love, that no one should sadden another, not even for a moment, and that all should dwell within His cradle of protection and security until the Day of Resurrection which marketh the dayspring of the Revelation of Him Whom God will make manifest.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 86)
(The Qur’an (Yusuf Ali tr), Surah 3)
(Islam, Hadith, Bukhari Vol 9, Book 93, # 595)
Islam: “The Prophet said, ‘My Lord says, If My slave comes nearer to me for a span, I go nearer to him for a cubit; and if he comes nearer to Me for a cubit, I go nearer to him for the span of outstretched arms; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.”’
(Hadith, Bukhari Vol 9, Book 93, # 627)
ZOROASTRIANISM: “In my mind there is naught but the love of Ahura Mazda (God).” “Oh Ahura Mazda you are the Friend, the Brother and the Father of them all.” “The relation between Mazda and man is preeminently that of the lover and the Beloved.” “The supremely beloved one is the supremely loving (One).” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan pp. 375 and 376)
Zoroastrianism: “The human heart craves a God who loves. To love God and make one’s self loved by Him, to love one’s neighbour and make one’s self loved by him, this is morality and religion. In both the one and the other love is everything- the end the beginning and the middle.” (ZOROASTER, Hymns of Atharvan p. 784)
HINDUISM: “Give Me thy heart! adore Me! serve Me! Cling In faith and love and reverence to Me! So shalt thou come to Me! I promise true, For thou art sweet to Me!” (Love Brahma, God and He will most certainly love you).
(Hindu, Bhagavad Gita (Edwin Arnold tr) chapter 18)
BUDDHISM: 25. “Let one live in love; let one be adept in one’s duties; then joyfully one will see the end of sorrow. As the jasmine sheds its withered flowers, people should shed desire and hate, mendicants.” (If one lives in love he loves The Uncreated One; and Brahma, God, The Uncreated one, loves him in return).
(Buddhist, Dhammapada – Sayings of the Buddha 2 (tr. J. Richards))
Buddhism: “The true Samana who is seeking the way to Brahma, God, let him have thoughts of love everywhere throughout the whole world pervading with thoughts of love far reaching, beyond measure, all embracing. Regard all with mind set free and filled with deep felt love. this is the way to a state of union with Brahma,” and the way to Brahma’s love. (Buddha, Tevigga Sutra)
SABEANISM: “Diffuse Thy light (love) over all who love Thy name of Truth” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- chapter 76) (shower Thy lovers with Thy love, because love is light, so Adam is saying love us that love You). “The (Great) Life (God) dwelleth on those who love Him.” (Sabeanism, Ginza Rba- 30)
BABI RELIGION: “WHENEVER the faithful hear the verses of this Book being recited, their eyes will overflow with tears and their hearts will be deeply touched by Him Who is the Most Great Remembrance for the love they cherish for God, the All-Praised. He is God, the All-Knowing, the Eternal. They are indeed the inmates of the all-highest Paradise wherein they will abide for ever.” “Him who created man, distinguished him from among the rest of His creatures, and caused his heart to be made the seat of His sovereignty and knowledge and had no other desire except (his) welfare and advancement; (for) the purpose of God in creating man is but for him (man) to know Him.” For, “love, (is) the mainspring of every energy.”
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 62 and The Dawn-Breakers, p. 148 and Applications of Baha’i Faith p. 10)
Babi Religion: “Fear ye God that haply it may be well with you. All things have been created for your sakes, and for the sake of naught else hath your creation been ordained. Fear ye God and take heed lest forms and apparels debar you from recognizing Him. Render ye thanksgiving unto God that perchance He may deal mercifully with you.” “Know that if ye aid God, He will, on the Day of Resurrection, graciously aid you,” God will, in fact, aid, assist and help all of us who love Him.
(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, pp. 43 and 161)
(Shoghi Effendi, The Dawn-Breakers, p. 72)
(Bahá’í Faith, Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas, p. 175)