“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths
of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach,
the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only
they could see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other
that way all the time, there would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed… I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.” Thomas Merton
If we perceive with our spiritual heart, we can see the secret beauty of the heart, the truth of who we really are. When we judge others instead of having compassion, we are condemning ourself. We were given two commandments from Yeshua: Love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and Love others as ourselves. The law is summed up in one thing: love your neighbor as yourself. Loving others is loving yourself. It doesn’t say love yourself. It says love others as yourself. When you can open your heart and have compassion for all, even those who you used to judge or condemn, you open your heart to include all the aspects of yourself that you have denied, rejected, disowned or condemned. In just this one thing you fulfill the law. In loving your neighbor as yourself you are loving all the different aspects of God, which are also the aspects of you (we are the image and likeness of God). In judging others you are condemning parts or aspects of God, as well as yourself. We are all one, interconnected, interdependent and interrelated. What you do to one, you do to all. When you condemn or judge, you are condemning yourself.
Jesus said “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” John 13:34
Love is the answer and it starts with you. Open your heart and allow the Higher Love to wash through you.
“So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is Love” 1 Cor 13:13
Love fulfills the law. If there is one person or thing that you judge and condemn rather than have compassion for, you keep yourself in bondage and block your oneness with God who is the Source of all that is. When you are able to see God in all people, despite outward appearance, you are whole, free and one with All That Is.
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 16:19
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