As times and values change in the world and people make choices that go against their own light, our job was never to judge, criticize, try to change, look down on, scold, hate, reject, neglect, despise, or despair. These are all just reactions of separation, darkness and fear. Our only obligation and greatest commandment was to LOVE. First love God Himself because He is the very source of LOVE. He is how we even have the capacity to fulfill His second commandment and all commandments, which is to love our neighbor as ourself. Love is essentially one complete and encompassing truth. Meaning that we cannot fully love God without loving our neighbor or without fully loving ourselves. As we are filled with God’s love, the capacity to genuinely love and understand others and ourselves becomes natural and instinctive.
God IS the very fountain of water, of life, love and truth.
That is why He has asked us to seek His love first and foremost. When we are not attached to the source, we are left to our own devices to fill our buckets. We usually fill it with sand or debris or rocks in attempts to fill it up but it only weighs us down and never quenches our thirst for love. It is not real love. When we are connected to Him, we are filled and OVERFLOWING, it is that overflow that allows us to give to others freely. Service, giving, compassion, forgiveness are, at that point, just an extension of our being and nature. We don’t have to give second thought, force ourselves or pride ourselves in this kind of love, it is just who we are and who we feel like being. It is us as our BEST and highest self. It is the path to become more like God as we connect to HIM.
I believe in a God that loves us no matter what. He doesn’t wait for us to change so He can love and help us. It is the very love and help that creates that change within us that then motivates external change. Our main objective is to be in a place to receive that love and help and that place is humility. We are brought there naturally if not willingly. Meaning, when we have exhausted all our own devices and tried so hard to do everything according to our own strength and understanding, we will eventually break down. We are left in a place to receive divine help if we choose it.
I believe that the greatest way to help others come to their own light again is to be a light. To live and align with light itself. If we expect others to change on our behalf, tell them that they are wrong, that they will never be happy with choices they are making or threaten them with hell, their instinct will mostly likely be to repel from us. Our true challenge and responsibility is overcoming our own negative judgements and separation against others and learning with the light of TRUTH how to accept them just as they are without fear or impulsive need to change them. We can learn to see them as they really are. We can finally view them them as a souls beyond their current choices. Our influence, that comes from remembering to choose light for ourselves so we are in a position to GIVE light to others, will have a MORE profound effect on the souls of mankind than persecution against their beliefs EVER will.
By it’s nature, truth, light, and love will prevail. Love is the ultimate truth, the guide to all light and wisdom and ultimately what God is and wants US to be. Anything short of that will fail because it will not survive the test of time.
Life teaches it’s own lessons naturally. We learn this in life over and over again whether we realize it or not. Anytime we deviate from love, light and wisdom (God), we will eventually suffer and despair because it simply does not align with truth and our own light. The last thing we need when we are suffering is for someone to judge and condemn us. We do that enough on our own. The only healing back to our truth comes through love and understanding. When we come back to truth, we are at peace, calm and happy again. When we forget, we will eventually feel it in our suffering and need to change our mentalities and behavior to align again.
In that way, everyone’s path is perfect. When we make choices against our own light, we make choices that will eventually not work because they are not eternally sustainable choices. We will encounter friction and eventually despair. If we keep holding on to the same mentalities, we will keep making the same choices and create the same despair again. This will continue until, a lot of the time through suffering, we will hopefully eventually surrender in humility and choose to change and adhere to the light with in us. That added light in our understanding changes our PERCEPTIONS, thoughts and emotions towards life and that is what changes the way we do things. I believe this is why we don’t need to focus on changing people’s mind, but focus on sharing truth, understanding, compassion, goodness, love and light. It is that that will awaken what they need to do.
As president Utchdorf said, “we must realize that all of God’s children wear the same jersey. Our team is [mankind]. This mortal life is our playing field. Our goal is to learn to love God and to extend that same love toward our fellowman”
Love, it really is that simple.