“Let me urge you, my child, to enlarge your heart; or rather, suffer it to become enlarged by grace. This contraction shuts you up in yourself, and hinders an agreeable openness which we should ever maintain, even towards those who have no particular affinity with ourselves. An open, frank exterior wins confidence. Let it not appear that you have so much relish for yourself as not to think of others. What seems to be a virtue is sometimes regarded by God as a fault; and which we shall so perceive when we have clearer light. …
“I entreat you, pass beyond the narrow bounds of self; suffer yourself to be led out of self into the will and way of God. Thus you will be much more happy and useful.” ~Madam Guyon
Enlarge Your Heart
Madam Guyon is advising a friend (don’t let her term, “my child,” fool you) to have a big heart. Not literally, of course. She wants the friend to let more people into her heart. This is good advice for all of us. Having a limited number of friends is fine, but we don’t shut the rest of the world out entirely. We still have to let them into our hearts. We still have to love them all.
Some will argue “How can we love someone who is a murderer or a rapist?” The answer is that you love the real person hidden deep inside. You love the spirit and soul created by God and therefore perfect. The problems of the body and mind should be looked on as disease. You don’t hate a person because he has a disease. You can hate the things they do, but not the person themselves. Continue reading “A Big Heart and an Open Mind Aids Spiritual Growth”