Lately I have been faced with some difficulties.
I usually tend to have a very easy and peaceful life thanks to all the wonderful people around me so I am not that used to being in these situations.
It is easy to be happy and show love to everyone around you when life is easy and you don't have any worries but when the road gets rocky, that is when most of us show our not-so-pleasant side. How do we refrain from hurtful comments and actions we are most likely to regret?
How did the early believers in Baha'u'llah (and for that matter, the early believers in all the previous Dispensations) manage to show love and compassion to everyone despite their attacks and aggression towards them? I cannot begin to imagine the spiritual state in which these blessed souls tread the Earth in order to be able to do this. I turn then to the Baha'i Writings which are the source of joy, happiness and guidance in my life and search for messages that can lead me to love everyone despite what their feelings toward me are.
After some reading, these quotes really stuck with me:
...the oneness of the world of humanity shall be realized, accepted and established. When we reflect upon this blessed principle, it will become evident and manifest that it is the healing remedy for all human conditions. All mankind are the servants of the glorious God, our Creator. He has created all. Assuredly He must have loved them equally; otherwise, He would not have created them. He protects all. Assuredly He loves His creatures; otherwise, He would not protect them. He provides for all, proving His love for all without distinction or preference. He manifests His perfect goodness and loving-kindness toward all. He does not punish us for our sins and shortcomings, and we are all immersed in the ocean of His infinite mercy. Inasmuch as God is clement and loving to His children, lenient and merciful toward our shortcomings, why should we be unkind and unforgiving toward each other? As He loves humanity without distinction or preference, why should we not love all? Can we conceive of a plan and policy superior to the divine purpose? Manifestly, we cannot. Therefore, we must strive to do the will of the glorious Lord and emulate His policy of loving all mankind. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
Easy then: God=loves us all, I love God, therefore: I love all because I love God.