Crusade against fear and self

It amazes me how life can look totally different depending on the perspective. Allowing fear to rule can have the same effect as when zooming in on the ego. Allowing fear to reside in the heart, immediately crashes the heart, disconnecting it from the source of God’s love:

Love is a light that never dwelleth in a heart possessed by fear.
(Baha’u’llah, The Four Valleys, p. 58)

No connection to God results immediately into the self taking over. A selfish heart leaves no space for love. No love for God means no love to others.

The pure heart is one that is entirely cut away from self. To be selfless is to be pure.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Abdu’l-Baha in London, p. 107)

Whatever the source of fear, one needs to overcome it through prayer and firm faith that God will never leave us alone, no matter what we might have done in the past as long as we strive our best from now on.

O ye loved ones of God! In this, the Bahá’í dispensation, God’s Cause is spirit unalloyed. His Cause belongeth not to the material world. It cometh neither for strife nor war, nor for acts of mischief or of shame; it is neither for quarrelling with other Faiths, nor for conflicts with the nations. Its only army is the love of God, its only joy the clear wine of His knowledge, its only battle the expounding of the Truth; its one crusade is against the insistent self, the evil promptings of the human heart. Its victory is to submit and yield, and to be selfless is its everlasting glory. In brief, it is spirit upon spirit:

Unless ye must,
Bruise not the serpent in the dust,
How much less wound a man.
And if ye can,
No ant should ye alarm,
Much less a brother harm.
(Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 256)

I am just amazed at what growth I have been experiencing throughout this period of the Fast. I will be forever grateful for the healing God has provided! May Baha’u’llah bless all your efforts!

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