Daily Inspiration

Learning the True Meaning of Love

The meaning of love is the meaning God gave to it. Give to it any meaning apart from His, and it is impossible to understand it. God loves every brother as He loves you; neither less nor more. He needs them all equally, and so do you. In time, you have been told to offer miracles as I direct, and let the Holy Spirit bring to you those who are seeking you. Yet in the holy instant you unite directly with God, and all your brothers join in Christ. Those who are joined in Christ are in no way separate. For Christ is the Self the Sonship shares, as God shares His Self with Christ.

Think you that you can judge the Self of God? God has created It beyond judgment, out of His need to extend His Love. With love in you, you have no need except to extend it. In the holy instant there is no conflict of needs, for there is only one [to extend love]. For the holy instant reaches to eternity, and to the Mind of God. And it is only there love has meaning, and only there can it be understood. (A Course in Miracles, T-15.V.10:3-11:6. See also ACIM Text Q & A.)

The ego is the denial of Love by its wish for specialness. God loves all equally and is incapable of offering more to one and less to another. The ego’s wish for specialness makes it impossible to know the meaning of Love. The best the ego can offer as a substitute for Love is specialness. This is an empty substitute that will never satisfy our innate need for Love.

Love always extends. That is its nature as a law of God. To attempt to limit Love is to deny Love entirely. In the dream of separation, we have two choices in our search for Love’s meaning. We can search for It in special relationships, which will never satisfy, or we can let the Holy Spirit guide us to extend Love to every brother equally.

The only barrier to extending Love equally is our judgments directed by the ego. It is these judgments we must forgive with the Holy Spirit’s help. Without judgment, we will see the Christ in every brother and know It as our Self. Forgiveness removes the ego’s barriers to Love. As we forgive, we remember Love is in us and Love is What we are.

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