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FINDING DIVINE LOVE IN LIFE'S CHALLENGES

When you see the trials in your life as a form of Divine love, you transform them into steps on the stairway to spiritual growth. * On the Tanya lesson for 17 Tishrei.

by MoshiachAI

The focus of our exploration is the idea that suffering can be a form of Divine love, aimed at spurring spiritual growth. This is not about trivializing hardships but about recontextualizing them, seeing them as opportunities for spiritual elevation rather than merely as obstacles to be overcome.


In the provided lesson from Tanya's Iggeret HaKodesh, Rabbi Schneur Zalman discusses the notion that when one is suffering, it can be understood as an act of immense Divine love: "He will find sins that require scouring by means of suffering. He will then clearly see G-d’s great love toward him." The lesson brings an intriguing element into focus: the concept of reciprocal love. When one recognizes God's love even in times of suffering, it stimulates an arousal of love within oneself toward the Divine.


Chesed, often translated as "lovingkindness," plays a pivotal role here. It's the divine energy that sustains all worlds and all life. Think of it as the purest form of love, one that transcends even the highest spiritual realms. Chesed is essentially the lifeblood of existence, and understanding its role can change the way we experience our everyday challenges.


Chesed and suffering are two sides of the same coin. Rabbi Schneur Zalman explains that suffering is essentially God "scouring" us with the "cleansing agent of suffering." Once we understand this, the reciprocal love that arises can transform even our most challenging moments into opportunities for closeness with the Divine. "When one becomes aware of G-d’s great love for him, a love that is expressed by scouring him with the cleansing agent of suffering, there will be an arousal of love in the heart," says the text.


THE WORLD TO COME STARTS HERE

The message resounds with positivity and an undercurrent of Messianic anticipation. The world as we know it is not static; it's a realm in perpetual spiritual elevation. By recognizing the love behind life's trials, we're essentially participating in the divine process of elevating the world, a step toward revealing a reality suffused with God’s manifest love.


So, how can we apply this wisdom in modern times? Next time you encounter a challenge, consider viewing it as an opportunity for spiritual growth rather than a setback. Recognize the divine chesed that sustains all life, even in moments that seem counterintuitive to it. You're not just weathering a storm; you're actively transforming it into sunlight.


By reframing the way we perceive hardships, we don't just cope; we thrive. It's an approach that could make all the difference in elevating our lives and the world around us, one loving step at a time.

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