161 We have been speaking, thinking, and living God for all these centuries; well and good. Now let us make the shift to Love; that, I think, is more to the point. As a matter of fact, did not St. John say, “God is Love?
162 Love is a self-refining process, the natural way to egolessness.
163 Just try to think love when you’re seething with anger at another’s injustice toward you, or to another! If your love at that time takes its soothing effect, and proceeds with judgment, discernment and effect, then know that you are truly a loving person, that love is more important to you than any self-abrasions.
164 Somehow the loving attitude clears the air.
165 And then adversity takes over your life, one disaster after another. It is then that you let love pacify you in strength of forbearance and force of effect.
166 Become love itself; think yourself right into its power, its conception, its ideal.
167 Are we, lovers of Love to turn our backs on, our minds from, the cruelties, terrors, and horrors of life? Smile on it all? Hardly. How can we who love not feel the stab of these to the very heart; for he who loves all, feels all ̶ not just the pleasant feelings. And since love is the strongest force in life, so is the possessor of the strongest type.
168 Fatigue, irritability, frustration, annoyance, all work against the “loving feeling” ̶ which makes us more prone to sarcasm, spite, indifference ̶ indicate what one is up against as practitioners of love. It’s an active self-overcoming and takes sometimes extra reserves of energy to be aware, alert, understanding.
169 Through the golden pillars of Love, wisdom glows.
170 To love without return means that take rebuffs from others, if not easily, then strongly, calmly, understandingly, patiently.
171 My critical eye on and of others seems to close when I think of Love as something pure.
172 Love is an idealizing process.
173 That sardonic, condescending attitude, smirk, have to go. They’re too limiting ̶ deadens
174 The very effort of trying to be pleasant ̶ with love on your side ̶ makes it pleasant to be pleasant.
175 Love and goodness go hand in hand.
176 Yes, he is a good person; but not a kind person. Love as a way of life is missing from his makeup.
177 Be a fool for love if need be-not only for the object of your love, but for love itself.
178 And if you are persecuted for your love? Then you suffer standing than on your knees.
179 Love is a direct route to God.
180 Love is a humbling experience ̶ but a noble one.