Chapter 15 – Living in Harmony With God

Setting One’s Hope in God Alone

Withhold not from yourselves the grace of God and His mercy. Whoso withholdeth himself therefrom is indeed in grievous loss.399 _Bahá’u’lláh

Beware lest the transitory things of human life withhold you from turning unto God, the True One.400 _Bahá’u’lláh

Wouldst thou have Me, seek none other than Me; and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty, close thine eyes to the world and all that is therein; for My will and the will of another than Me, even as fire and water, cannot dwell together in one heart.401 _Bahá’u’lláh

Break not the bond that uniteth you with your Creator…402 _Bahá’u’lláh

Knowing God

True knowledge…is the knowledge of God, and this is none other than the recognition of His Manifestation in each Dispensation.403 _The Báb

Loving God

Seclude yourselves in the stronghold of My love. This, truly, is the seclusion that befitteth you, could ye but know it.404 _Bahá’u’lláh

Make my love thy vesture and thy shield remembrance of Me, and thy provision reliance upon God…405 _Bahá’u’lláh

Walk in My statutes for love of Me and deny thyself that which thou desirest if thou seekest My pleasure.406 _Bahá’u’lláh

Demonstrating the Love of God

But for the tribulations which are sustained in Thy path, how could Thy true lovers be recognized; and were it not for the trials which are borne for love of Thee, how could the station of such as yearn for Thee be revealed?407 _Bahá’u’lláh

Though my body be pained by the trials that befall me from Thee, though it be afflicted by the revelations of Thy Decree, yet my soul rejoiceth at having partaken of the waters of Thy Beauty, and at having attained the shores of the ocean of Thine eternity. Doth it beseem a lover to flee from his beloved, or to desert the object of his heart’s desire? Nay, we all believe in Thee, and eagerly hope to enter Thy presence.408 _Bahá’u’lláh

Trusting God and Submitting One’s Self to God

The Source of all good is trust in God, submission unto His command, and contentment with His holy will and pleasure.409 _Bahá’u’lláh

Blessed are the steadfastly enduring, they that are patient under ills and hardships, who lament not over anything that befalleth them, and who tread the path of resignation…410 _Bahá’u’lláh

Blessed the insatiate soul who casteth away his selfish desires for love of Me and taketh his place at the banquet table which I have sent down from the heaven of divine bounty for My chosen ones.411 _Bahá’u’lláh

Be not afraid of anyone, place thy whole trust in God, the Almighty, the All- Knowing.412 _Bahá’u’lláh

Prefer not your will to Mine, never desire that which I have not desired for you, and approach Me not with lifeless hearts, defiled with worldly desires and cravings.413 _Bahá’u’lláh

Heeding God’s Counsels

Happy is the man that heedeth My counsel, and keepeth the precepts prescribed by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.414 _Bahá’u’lláh

Happy are they that observe God’s precepts; happy are they that have recognized the Truth; happy are they that judge with fairness in all matters and hold fast to the Cord of My inviolable Justice.415 _Bahá’u’lláh

Thanking God

Know thou, that I have wafted unto thee all the fragrances of holiness, have fully revealed to thee My word, have perfected through thee My bounty and have desired for thee that which I have desired for My Self. Be then content with My pleasure and thankful unto Me.416 _Bahá’u’lláh

Render ye thanksgiving unto God that perchance He may deal mercifully with you.417 _The Báb

Meeting God

Humble thyself before Me, that I may graciously visit thee.418 _Bahá’u’lláh

Be light and untrammeled as the breeze, that ye may obtain admittance into the precincts of My court, My inviolable Sanctuary.419 _Bahá’u’lláh

Seeking the Help of God

…whoever standeth firm and steadfast in this holy, this glorious, and exalted Revelation, such power shall be given him as to enable him to face and withstand all that is in heaven and on earth.420 _Bahá’u’lláh

Thou art He Who changeth through His bidding abasement into glory, and weakness into strength, and powerlessness into might, and fear into calm, and doubt into certainty. No God is there but Thee, the Mighty, the Beneficent.421 _Bahá’u’lláh

Knowing God’s Purpose in Creating Humankind

The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His presence.422 _Bahá’u’lláh

The supreme cause for creating the world and all that is therein is for man to know God.423 _Bahá’u’lláh

Appreciating the Word of God

The Word of God is the king of words and its pervasive influence is incalculable…The Word is the master key for the whole world, inasmuch as through its potency the doors of the hearts of men, which in reality are the doors of heaven, are unlocked…It is an ocean inexhaustible in riches, comprehending all things.424 _Bahá’u’lláh

Every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God is endowed with such potency as can instill new life into every human frame…425 _Bahá’u’lláh