"If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another." I John 1:7
How excellent is Thy name in the earth, О Lord! Would I have fellowship with Thee, I must show brotherly love to my fellow man. Though I come in humbleness and have aught against my brother, my prayer, my meditation, does not rise to Thee. Help Thou my efforts in my approach to Thee. 262-21
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-21 through 262-23]
In preparation for the task before us, let us become more conscious of the divine Spirit within, that we may go on. May we face the issues before us as those called for a purpose. May we rely on His promises, for while we are often weak and selfish- and the work is great-He will encourage our spirits, our hearts, with the presence of His Holy Spirit, so that there may be no idleness or delay in us.
A spark of the Divine that is forever seeking its source is within each of us. As we develop our spiritual forces, our soul forces within, we fan this spark into a flame which brings realization of our oneness and fellowship with the Creator of all things. There is a longing in our hearts for this fellowship-an urge driving us hither and thither in search of happiness and satisfaction, onward in search of God.
In the beginning, all knew a perfect fellowship with the Father, and in the knowledge and understanding of this fellowship all walked and talked with God. Again, this same fellowship is offered to all, a promise of the Father, through the Son. It is the reflection of this fellowship which expresses itself in our love for our fellow human beings, whom we innately feel to be one with us as part of the all-inclusive Whole. As we manifest love toward our neighbor, we increase or awaken our consciousness to a more complete fellowship with the Father, and we more fully realize that He moves within others as He moves within us. The family of humankind is but a shadow of fellowship with the Father. It is a true expression of the fellowship that exists in spirit.
Am I My Brother's Keeper?
Thousands of years ago there arose a question in humanity's heart, "Am I my brother's keeper?" It is still being asked. Until this is fully answered in our hearts in God's way and put into practice in our lives, we cannot hope to have the fellowship that is our rightful heritage. When we fail to reach "the mark of the high calling" that is realized in service, we endeavor to justify ourselves by making the old inquiry, only to receive the answer, The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground." No wonder we are miserable and cast down, and have fears that paralyze our efforts. Is it not because we know in our hearts that sin lies at our door?
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." God gives only love to His children and pities them even as earthly parents pity their children. It is only when we sever relationship from divine Love by failing to suffer with our fellow humans, to bear their burdens, and to forgive them that we are out of harmony and sympathy with all that makes life worth living-fellowship with the Father. Have we not at some time realized this?
If we would be in a position to commune with the Spirit within and if we would seek to know His face, then let us be kind and gentle, compassionate and loving to others less fortunate. Manifesting love for our neighbor is manifesting love for God, in whom "we live and move and have our being."
We are enjoined not merely to ignore the shortcomings of our neighbors, but to love them in spite of their shortcomings and to show such faith in the power of the Spirit within them that they will catch our vision and in time come to realize their strength and seek to rise to higher planes of consciousness. We need not flatter them or lead them to overestimate their strength; rather we should help them to understand themselves and to know that they have a friend who will stand by in time of need-one who will extend a hand if they are about to fall into temptation. This answers the whole duty of humanity to humanity, of neighbor to neighbor, and of the individual to his or her Maker, for "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
The test is this: Are we willing to deal with others as we wish them to deal with us? May we ever be bound together in service to others through the fellowship which we have in Him.