If I Have Not Love ...

As one embarks upon the spiritual path, the soul awakens to a richer realm of potentiality that lies deep within. Each uncovers his or her hidden talents, gifts, and treasures; then learns to develop and use them to enhance the quality of one’s life.

But Paul writes in the scriptures, "If you are searching for the greater gifts, I will show you a more excellent way." Love is that more excellent way.

           "If I could speak the languages of men and of angels,
                   but have not love . . .

            If I should have prophetic powers, but have not love . . . 

            If I understand all the secret mysteries and possess
                   knowledge in its every form, but have not love . . .

            If I have such perfect faith that I could move mountains,
                   but have not love . . .

            If I give away all I have to feed the hungry, but have
                   not love . . .

            If I were burned alive for proclaiming the good news, 
                   but have not love . . . " 
                                                     ( I Corinthians 13:1-3)

Love is all-inclusive – it leaves no one out. Love is the embracing presence that connects all of the parts into a unified whole. It is the guiding energy that seeks out the highest good for everyone concerned. Truly, love is the steadfast heartbeat of infinite Creative-Intelligence, pulsating freely within the heart, nurturing the soul with a quiet, reassuring contentedness.

Love is your true nature, having the capacity to achieve that which nothing else can – not the muscles nor the intellect, not the credentials nor the fame. Love lifts you into an expanded awareness, then carries your ‘gift’ to its proper destination in perfect timing and in perfect order. 

Love inherently knows how to perform its divine work, as seen in the miracle of nature’s seed. And you, my friend, through the intuition of your spiritual heart, know how to unfold the love that you are. Indeed, love is hardly a human desire or quality, but in every respect, a spiritual happening. Without love, what has happened . . . really?

             The language of men speaks through authors and
                     lecturers, but without love . . .

             The language of angels flows through singers, dancers,
                     and artists, but without love. . .

             Prophetic powers arise in astrologers, psychics, and
                     mothers, but without love . . .

             Knowledge and wisdom is elicited through teachers,
                     scientists, and psychologists, but without love . ..

             Mountain-moving faith truly abounds in engineers,
                    entrepreneurs, and religious adherents, but without 
                    love . . . 

             Hungry bellies of children are fed by philanthropists, 
                     both wealthy and poor, but without love . . .

             Martyrs such as Ghandi, King, Lincoln, or Jesus may 
                     live and die for a greater cause, but without love ...

Yes, without love, what has happened . . . really?


Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
March 1, 2001

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