There is no love but God’s.
Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.
Love’s meaning is obscure to anyone who thinks that love can change. He does not see that changing love must be impossible. And thus he thinks that he can love at times, and hate at other times. He also thinks that love can be bestowed on one, and yet remain itself although it is withheld from others. To believe these things of love is not to understand it. If it could make such distinctions, it would have to judge between the righteous and the sinner, and perceive the Son of God in separate parts.
Today’s lesson shows you perfectly what love is not. Love is not what you think it is. It is not about separating family and friends from strangers, about sorting the known from the unknown, and it is not about judgment at all. It is in fact nothing like you think it is. And right there is the confrontation.
Love is. It is whole and perfect and makes no distinctions. Try it for a moment. Extend your love to whomever, whether you know them or not, whether you like them or not, and you will understand that love is actually the death of you as you see yourself. Gone are your ideas, gone is your past reference, gone is your so-called understanding of what your brother is and what love is. Now you are vulnerable beyond any concept. Now you have some idea of what is being offered you in A Course In Miracles.
This Course is not about you establishing yourself as enlightened and as mister know it all. It is actually about your undoing. And everything is offered you for that. You might think that you are offered a job because you are good at it, but Jesus simply offers you everything you need to show you what you need to look at in your own mind. Everything is a total confrontation, until you accept and understand that of yourself you can do nothing. You finally stop trying to solve your problems, because you recognize that all your problems have been solved. Trust is key, tolerance is given. This is your awakening.
Seek not within the world to find your Self. Love is not found in darkness and in death. Yet it is perfectly apparent to the eyes that see and ears that hear love’s Voice. Today we practice making free your mind of all the laws you think you must obey; of all the limits under which you live, and all the changes that you think are part of human destiny. Today we take the largest single step this course requests in your advance towards its established goal.
This Course offers you everyting for your awakening. You do have mighty companions. You finally take a good look at your own mind and you recognize that you need help every moment. Be grateful for your companions, for they light they offer you, and be grateful when they confront you. You need it. When you stop trying to define what love is, you will see it in everything. And you will know, beyond all doubt, that you are loved and that you are loving.