“Those whose behavior makes them the most difficult to love, need our love the most. Their lack of inner peace and self-doubt pushes them to the behavior that makes us want to turn away. We need not turn away. God invites us to love all our fellow travelers fully and unconditionally. Negative attitudes can provide our personal lessons in acceptance and serenity, and we will develop gratitude for these lessons, in time.”
– “In God’s Care*: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery,” May 5
*As We Understand God
This excerpt reminds me of A Course in Miracles concept that everything is love—either giving of love or a cry for love (fear). When I can look at a person from that higher perspective, I can often get to a place of compassion and empathy. They are doing the best they can (as am I) and by genuinely accepting that truth, I can forgive their behaviors and actions, let go of judgement much easier, and be loving, understanding, and compassionate.
We are all spiritually ill, to one degree or another. When in a difficult situation or relationship with another, noting all are holy encounters, when I come from that higher view and offer love, we are both on the road to healing and peace.