The Power of Love Expressed

In his first epistle John makes one of the most profound statements of spiritual truth ever uttered. He writes (I John 4:8), "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." It is as if he had said, God is Love; but unless you are expressing love you cannot be said to know God. Accordingly, it might be added that unless we are expressing the love which is of God we cannot be utilizing divine Love, cannot be exercising the power of Love.

Another conclusion may be deduced from the beloved disciple's inspired statement. It is that the fact that we can love with a pure spiritual love is proof that God is Love. God is infinite, All; the one supreme cause or creator of every real effect. Hence, since we are able to love, able to manifest love, we are capable of knowing, and actually do know, God as Love. The truth, then, that God is Love is not something that we accept simply because someone has revealed it to us. We accept it because we ourselves are capable of loving purely and spiritually.

November 14, 1936

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