Love for others is the stepping stone to a greater love for God. * The way we treat those around us reflects our relationship with the Divine. * On the Hayom Yom entry for 6 Tishrei.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem naturally spiritual, constantly radiating goodness and love? Could it be that their connection to God stems from how they relate to the people around them?
The Hayom Yom entry for 6 Tishrei offers us a thought-provoking concept. It revolves around the Hebrew teaching "V'ahavta... Love your fellow as yourself." This love for others is not merely a commendable trait; it's a pathway to loving God Himself. The teaching can be summarized as: "Whoever is pleasing to man is pleasing to God." Essentially, by being good to those around us, we endear ourselves to God. What if the secret to deepening our spirituality lies in our daily interactions with people?
This focus directly connects to a contemporary dilemma. In today's fast-paced world, we often find ourselves focused on individual achievements, sometimes neglecting how we treat others in the process. The teaching tells us that true spiritual growth starts with the heart - specifically, "goodness of heart."
In terms of action, what can we take away from this? It's simple but profound: make it a point to cultivate genuine love and goodness towards others. This will serve as a conduit for spiritual advancement, making us more "pleasing to God."
When you're tempted to pass by a person in need, remember that your love for others is a mirror reflecting your relationship with God. Ignoring that person might mean you're ignoring an opportunity to grow spiritually. As we go about our day-to-day lives, let's remember that our simple acts of kindness and love aren't just beneficial for those around us—they also bring us closer to the Divine.