The Light of Infinite Possibility | Romans 13:8-14 – Collective Edition

Hold nothing over others except a love that seeks mutual understanding and peace, for those who love authentically reflect the Christ within them. The writers of our sacred scriptures produced many laws for humanity: do not steal, do not murder, do not seek to become something that you are not, yet in all that noise, one law emerged to cover them all: you shall love others, as you love yourself (Leviticus 19:18). When one loves others, they do not seek to purposely hurt others, for when one learns to love authentically, one learns to truly love oneself, and so embodies the Christ.

The time of awakening the authentic self, the Christ within, is here. The salvation of humanity is now bound by our ability to live into the fullness of possibility, into the fullness of God. We must enter a state of repose, silencing the noise around us so that we can break free from the self-destructive loops that have kept us in darkness and poverty of spirit. The human potential is bound to our ability to live fully in the light of Christ, living authentically in everything that we do. For once we have collectively awakened the truth of who we are, the reformation of humanity shall bring salvation to creation itself.

“You’re alive… That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you’re dead, it’s gone. Over. You’ve made what you’ve made, dreamed your dream, written your name…potential is finished.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

  1. In this verse from this authentic letter of Paul to the emerging Roman church, Paul’s version of community is bound by the law of love for others and for oneself. Yet, is it possible to truly love others if one does not love oneself?
  2. The concept of loving others as oneself is not original to the teachings of Jesus but comes from the book Leviticus, which some scholars believe came into existence around the last 100 years of the Judean Kingdom before the exile into Babylon. The original verse in both Romans and Leviticus speaks of love for neighbor as the primary identifier of who we are to show love to. Why, then, do you think the Collective version incorporates love for all without any identifiers?
  3. In No Reservations, we believe that it is possible for humanity to move beyond any created binary and enter a state of pure mutual understanding through the process of living and loving authentically. Are there any limitations to this goal?
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