You can’t define God or love, but if you could, you would be bumping into the same thing. In fact, the Bible says, “God is love,” which is why I capitalize the word (Love) when referring to it in this sense. If you wanted to shift your understanding of Christianity from a performance-based system to a love-based system, it might come out this way:
Before: God is synonymous with religion.
Now: God is synonymous with Love.
Before: Christianity is a belief system.
Now: Christianity is a school of Love carried out in apprenticeship to Christ.
Before: God’s frame of mind toward humankind is disgust and anger.
Now: God’s frame of mind and His motive in all things toward humankind is Love.
Before: I primarily experience God through religious rituals and acts of obedience.
Now: When I am experiencing Love, I am experiencing God.
Before: Christian living is trying harder to be more and do more.
Now: Christian living is an overflow of God’s Love in me.
Before: My source of Love is outside myself and I’m dependent on others to supply it.
Now: My source of Love is within me and while I enjoy the Love of others, I’m not dependent on it and can freely love others without the expectation of receiving Love in return.
Before: I am created in God’s image, which means I have the capacity to make rational choices and exercise my free will.
Now: I am created in the image of Perfect Love, which means Love is the core of my identity and I can choose Love.
Before: The main thing is getting people to adopt my beliefs about God.
Now: Loving people creates desire within others to know God.
Before: Somewhere out there is God’s purpose for my life and I must find it.
Now: At every moment, God’s purpose for me is to be Love.
Before: Being “in Love” is some temporary euphoric guy-meets-girl experience.
Now: Being “in Love” is walking in the conscious awareness of and dependent on God’s Love in me and as me.
Before: Tough Love is withholding Love from others as a means of disapproval or attempt to bring change.
Now: Tough Love is Loving others without condition, regardless of the result.
Think of the spirit of Christ within, seeking to awaken us and make us aware of God’s Love within us, and to free us to express this Love to all people everywhere.
Perhaps you don’t feel Love within and for yourself, or doubt God’s Love for you, or see very little Love in the world. Perhaps you are surrounded by people who do not offer you Love. The truth that God is Love means far more than God simply choosing at times to offer Love or act in Loving ways. God’s Love is not a spigot that He turns off and on depending upon conditions, circumstances or how good you are. God IS Love, which means that at every moment God’s Love flows and is available to all people, all the time, everywhere, without condition. All that’s left is to remove what blocks your awareness of Love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance.
Sure you might not Love at times, but your behavior and attitudes don’t create your identity; rather, your identity creates your behavior and attitudes. Whoever a man thinks he is, determines what he says and does. If God is Love and you are His creation, then you are Love.
I am convinced that the following five beliefs could change the world:
God is Love.
Every person, beginning with me, is worthy of receiving Love.
My true identity is Love.
The greatest gift I can give anyone is Love.