Unconditional Love and prayers for Iran
The other day I was praying about the idea of “unconditional love.” After a lot of restlessness and distraction, I was finally still. Gently I felt God respond, “Unconditional love is not waiting to love, but approaching each situation with love.”
That really made sense to me. So often, I make a list of how and when someone deserves love, while unconditional love implies loving as God loves.
How does God love? God loves freely, abundantly, precisely, fearlessly, steadily, pricelessly, justly, perceptively, and purely.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” II Corinthians 1:4
We comfort others as God comforts us. When we love unconditionally, we aren’t timid! We are confident in God, our purpose to love, and other people’s worthiness. We show up to hostile or unresolved situations with patience and God inspired- out of the box thinking.
Due to the United Nations’ General Assembly meeting this week, I’ve been praying about relations with Iran. At the meetings, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad acted defiantly and spoke offensively as a New York Times article reported. Clearly, it’s been a long road of negotiations and I’m sure leaders around the world wish that Iran didn’t feel like a lose canon, quite literally with their nuclear weapons program.
But just as God loves we can wrap our arms and prayers around the situation in Iran. God, not man is in control. God is manifesting Himself in orderly, right, and patient ways. We don’t have to offend other people to build ourselves up- we love and take action from a place of divine power and strength. God is supreme intelligence; to God there are no surprises or variables. Each prayer is effective. Healing is needed and if we need to change how we are seeing and doing things we are receptive and humble.
Mary Baker Eddy, author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, writes, “Meet every adverse circumstance as its master. Observe mind instead of body, lest aught unfit for development enter thought. Think less of material conditions and more of spiritual. Mind produces all action. If the action proceeds from Truth, from immortal Mind, there is harmony; but mortal mind is liable to any phase of belief. A relapse cannot in reality occur in mortals or so-called mortal minds, for there is but one Mind, one God. Never fear the mental malpractitioner, the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule mankind, tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, for God is the only power. To succeed in healing, you must conquer your own fears as well as those of your patients, and rise into higher and holier consciousness.” (419:16)
I am glad to know that the only outcome of our relations with Iran is peace. The people of Iran can feel the world’s love and better yet God as Love with them now- unconditionally protecting and guiding them.