“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – John 13:34, GNT
I do believe that if we really learn to love another person truly, we would eventually learn also to love God. Why do I think so? Because when we learn to love another person with all sincerity, we begin to do all we can for their sake. We try our best not to hurt them. We give them everything in our power to make them happy. And if we remain honest with ourselves, we find out that the only way to do all these is to seek God’s help. By ourselves alone, we hurt the ones we love most. Left to our own powers, we can’t shield them from every want or pain.
We may see ourselves as good people. We may even consider ourselves as loving and kind. But are we kind enough? Is our love always far from our own selfishness and insecurities? If we truly love another, we can only find true hope and assurance if we can entrust them in God’s loving, all powerful and merciful hands. We can only avoid hurting them if we allow God to heal us from our own pain, if we let Him change us more into His own likeness.
Only with God’s love in me can I love you unselfishly and unafraid. Only with God’s love can I love you with a love that you deserve, a love that can truly make you happy!
“There are times when the burden of need and our own limitations might tempt us to become discouraged. But precisely then we are helped by the knowledge that, in the end, we are only instruments in the Lord’s hands; and this knowledge frees us from the presumption of thinking that we alone are personally responsible for building a better world. In all humility we will do what we can, and in all humility we will entrust the rest to the Lord.”- Pope Benedict XVI, God Is Love