Allow me to begin by sending love to each person who reads this, and acknowledge that each of us is a perfect creation of an all-loving creator just as we are in this moment. Whatever your circumstances may be, whatever you may believe, whatever your past has been - I do not judge you - I simply offer love. In this moment I visualize love surrounding all of us. Join me now in visualizing each heart filled with love.
I read a few days ago about the oldest person in the United States who just turned 116. Of course she was asked about the secret of her longevity. She said it was to trust in God and love everybody. Trust in God and love everybody! It is in trusting God that we are letting love do what it will. In truly trusting God - we do not judge.
This sage advice offered by one individual after 116 years of living, is also the secret to longevity of the human race. This statement when it is lived in every heart will guarantee great longevity for human life on earth. And clearly it is the lack of trusting God and loving everybody that leaves us perpetually in peril. Trust God; love everybody; let love do what it will!
As I said a moment ago, my offering of love was without consideration of your circumstances, or anything you believe, and without any consideration of what your past may or may not have been. I made no judgment; I simply offered love. There is one thing in the nature of love that it is necessary to understand. That is - we can offer love or we can offer judgment - but we cannot offer both. Love begins where judgment ends.
It is important in each life and in the life of the world that we actually begin to live this truth. So what truly brings order into the world is the actual living 100% the truth of love. Giving 0% to judging others.
Every so often I hear someone say, I love so and so, but I really do not approve of their views, or their lifestyle, or something else they find negative about so and so. It used to be that the following verse would represent my view of such statements:
"Let love be without dissimulation." Romans 12:9. I thought that saying "I offer love. . . but . . ." was only feigning love. I thought this kind of qualifying statement was hiding the lack of love under the guise of "I love you with these certain exceptions." Upon hearing such statements I would feel with certainty that dissimulation was concealing someone's real opinion - and I had just spotted a case of it. I would tell myself whatever this statement is, it is not love.
I would hear someone say something like, "I love this person, or those people, and I pray for them, but their religious beliefs are wrong, and they will most likely go to hell." Or perhaps, " I love this person even though they are gay, but I condemn their homosexuality." I felt able to clearly see so many examples of offering "love . . . but. . ." I knew that love is unconditional, and I saw "those people" as offering conditional love.
Over time as I daily asked to be able to live the truth I know, I came to see that my view of "those people" was also making a judgment. I have heard it said - if you spot it, you got it. Meaning if we find fault in another, we are actually only projecting that fault within ourselves onto another. I realized I was not offering love and letting love do what it will. The truth I know is that love is radical acceptance of everyone just as they are. What I was doing was just what I was seeing in "those people." I was not, as the oldest person said - trusting God and loving every body. I was not putting my trust in God to let love do what it will. I was in effect second guessing God. I was offering love . . . but . . .
I was reminded of Matthew 7:3, "Why do you worry about the speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own." We can never know what is another's intention, or what is in their heart, or what their motivations might be. We simply will never have the information, insight or ability to make a judgment about another. Not holding the truth that God has a perfect plan for everyone that we cannot see is not trusting God. We are not privy to the plan because it is none of our business.
Living a life of non-judgment is not easy. In fact it is the most difficult of spiritual practices. But to love and let love do what it will is traveling the high road to bring order to the world and to our individual lives. We all live with the human ego which exists to make judgments; however, we can set our intention to live a judgment free life and make the effort every day. We will all fall short, but the important thing is to daily make the effort. Every daily effort to love and let love do what it will uplifts each one of us and uplifts the world. For human longevity may we trust God and love everybody.
Gene Ford Runnels