Love is the fulfilling of the law.
Law is rule of action or motion. We always think of harmony in connection with law. It is a something that brings order out of chaos. Now what is our highest ideal of law? First, it must be for “good”; second, unchangeable; and, third, it must include all, — must be universal.
What is love? Love cannot really be defined, for it is universal; and to define limits. But we can give our highest ideal of love.
Love seeketh not its own, love is kind, love thinketh no evil, knows nothing of jealousy or resentment. Love casteth out all fear and anxiety. Love heals. Are we living in love, which is the fulfilling of the law? Are we not selfish, — seeking our own? And sometimes the selfishness is so subtle that we do not dream that we are selfish. We disguise it under the name of love. We try to limit the lives of those who are dear to us by expecting them to do as we think best, because we love them.
If we believe in an old-fashioned religion, we say it is good enough for us, and therefore is good enough for them, never stopping to think that no two minds are in the same stage of development, and that what is food for one is absolute shavings for another. We call this love. Then we tell these dear ones that they must not think ahead of us, for it makes separations in families; and just to be contented, and think as we do. And we never realize that this is selfishness. We call it love.
Love is kind. We all know how to be kind. Love knows nothing of jealousy or resentment. Jealousy is the fear of losing some good which another may obtain.
We cannot lose anything. If we do not get what we want, it is because we have not grown to it. We only get that which is a result of past thinking, and sometimes we want better things than we have thought. Some say, “I do not believe in temper, but I do believe in a righteous indignation.”
It is an impossibility to be righteously indignant. For you cannot be both righteous and indignant at the same time. Love thinketh no evil. We will speak of evil in a broader sense as ignorance. We all know what it is to think evil of any one in the old way of teaching; but in the new, the metaphysical way, we cannot think of our friends, or of any with whom we come in contact, as being weak, sick, unhappy, dissatisfied, not capable of spiritual development. All these thoughts are “thinking evil” of another.” Love casteth out all fear.” We all live in fear, — fear of what may happen. Now nothing ever “happens.” There is the universal law of love back of all. Then cultivate love, — grow in love.
My brother ought not to have treated me so. Very true; but he must see to that. However he treats me, I am to act rightly with regard to him; for the one is my own concern, the other is not. — Epictetus
We sometimes feel justified in speaking our mind. There is nothing — no circumstance — that justifies temper or resentment. Such a mental condition simply reacts upon ourselves. You can gauge a person's spiritual awakenment by the way he receives an insult.
Let our minds always be filled with love for all. Then we shall radiate love, and our presence will make harmony. No matter who has done wrong, that is not our concern: we are to attend to our own flower-beds; and, if we keep them free from weeds, we shall have plenty to do, and need not look over the fence into our neighbors' gardens to remark upon their weeds.
Then let us love. Do not be afraid of loving too much.
Love is the fulfilling of the law.