9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
The Great Mahatma shares his third advise to Dr. E. Stanley Jones:
Third, emphasize love and make it your working force, for love is central in Christianity.
Dr. Stanely Jones comments: “Here he doesn’t mean love as a sentiment, but as an organized working force…”
There’s an old rabbinical story about HOW THE SPOT WAS CHOSEN FOR GOD’S HOLY TEMPLE. Two brothers worked a common field and a common mill. Each night they divided whatever grain they had produced and each took his portion home. One brother was single and one was married with a large family. The single brother decided that his married brother, with all those kids, certainly needed more grain than he did, so at night he secretly crept over to his brother’s granary and gave him an extra portion. The married brother realized that his single brother didn’t have any children to care for him in his old age. Concerned about his brother’s future, he got up each night and secretly deposited some grain in his single brother’s granary. One night they met halfway between the two granaries, and each brother realized what the other was doing. They embraced, and as the story goes, God witnessed what happened and said, “This is a holy place—a place of love—and it is here that my temple shall be built.” The holy place is that spot where God is made known to his people, “the place where human beings discover each other in love.”1
May it be our driving force when we feel like giving up.
Our guide in making tough decisions.
Our inspiration to do right always even if it’s hard.
Our source of direction when we feel lost.
Our motivation to truly live each day.