"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?" Matthew 5:43-46
There is only one way to pure godliness - love. Embodying pure selfless love as described by Jesus in the preceding verses requires humility. The kind of humility that allows God to be more than ourselves.
You might think this kind of humility requires great discipline to practice, or that it may be a bothersome trait to acquire, but it isn't. No, pure selfless love comes when we let go in the presence of God.
It neither requires discipline or practice. It just requires you to be mindfully aware that you are in the presence of the observant God.
So here's a technique you can follow every day. This technique shortcuts years, even decades of spiritual work. It demands little effort yet reaps one of the greatest rewards you can receive, to become more like your Father in heaven.
The next time you feel your personality has gotten the best of you briefly pause and think to yourself, "God is watching." Then become mindfully aware that God is observing every word, thought, and feeling you have, everything.
The tactic will snap you out of any argument or difficulty you may be experiencing. It will immediately change your perspective by helping you view things beyond the ego-personality.
This simple approach makes us aware of God's eternal love and grace in the present moment and short circuits the whims of a worldly personality.
Let's face it, we all have an element of carnality that may lead us astray from time-to-time. If we don't, at least in some small manner train ourselves to be aware of God, sinful entanglements can be painful later.
But, here's the reward offered by God, which I've personally know to be true. When you become mindfully aware of God's continuous observant power, you become more loving and graceful person. In other words, you become more like Christ, who came to love us with an everlasting love and who forgives us daily.
Regardless of how rotten anyone is, or how undeserving they are, God still shines the rays of His mercy on everyone.
God doesn't selectively show mercy. No, as the good book says, "God makes His sun shine on both the evil and good."
Likewise, you should make the sun of your love shine on everyone. Regardless of who they are, or how they treat you, your job is to embody love, and the quickest and easiest way to express love beyond yourself in a problematic situation is by entering the realization that God is watching.
To know God is something many people want. Knowledge of God is easily acquired when we embody love, pure love. When we embody love we think beyond ourselves, we think with God. I can't think of a better way to honor God, honestly.
The truth is that God is love, and when we embody love, we embody God. That's how we become sons and daughters of our Father in heaven.
What I showed you today will leapfrog years of spiritual development and personal discipline in your life.
By the way, exercising with this little trick can help you remain permanently aware of God's grace. True sainthood comes when the self is given up for God.
God bless you.
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