Perfect Love

My cat, Daisy, is gazing up at me with adoring eyes. She likes to lie beside me when I’m typing away on my Mac. She will rest her chin right on my wrist and fall asleep. I blame most of my typos on her even though that’s probably not quite true. She is a wonderful companion. She even purrs as I work. I’m sure it’s for encouragement!

There’s a bumper sticker that says, “Please help me to be the person my dog thinks I am”. Our pets give us the opportunity to experience something close to one of the rare gifts in this world, unconditional love. They seem to be able to overlook our shortcomings without much trouble. They see the best in us.

Unconditional love is love given without condition. It is loving someone even if you are not loved back. It is described in the love chapter, I Corinthians 13 as patient, kind, never boastful, proud, or rude. “It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

That is an amazing kind of love. That is the kind of love that God loves us with. I don’t know how you are doing at manifesting that kind of love in your life, but I start to fall short before I’m too far into the list. From what I can tell, this is the kind of love that has to be put in your heart by the Spirit. It is not our natural way of looking at others or ourselves. This kind of love is considered the greatest of all the spiritual gifts because it reflects the essence of God.

The mistake we so often make on our spiritual journey whether we are religious or not is to forget that the whole point is to be restored to loving God with our whole heart and loving others as ourselves. We get sidetracked into many different beliefs and endeavors. Sometimes in defending these beliefs we can be very unloving.

The point of all spiritual practice is to restore our connection to a loving God and to transmute the selfishness inherent in our hearts into love of God, love of others, and love to one’s self. The journey is one of attunement—tuning our hearts to God, atonement, or at-one-ment with God, and application—giving the love we receive back to the world.

Love does not insist on its own way. Which means that God will never force me to love. When I am attuned to God—at-one with God—I will not insist that others believe the way I do either. Maybe this is why animals are so much better at loving than we are. They do not pass judgment or feel morally superior.

Love is enduring. It passes the test of time. It never gives up or loses faith, and is always hopeful. This is the best description of the true character of God. Just substitute the word God/Source/Spirit into the description of love and you will start to fall in love with Love Itself.

God is patient and kind. God is not jealous boastful or proud or rude and does not demand Its own way. Source is not irritable, and It keeps no record of being wronged. Spirit does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. All That Is never gives up, never loses, faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

If you have this kind of Love living in your heart your life will be beautiful and rich. The more we allow God’s Spirit into our hearts the more we will experience and manifest this kind of Love. I invite you to experience more of the beauty of unconditional Love in your life today. Just invite Spirit in.