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Love - God to Man

I have utmost love for thee and thy family for thou servest me—how can I be offended at you? Be assured and happy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 118)


I knew My love for thee; therefore I created thee, have engraved on thee Mine image and revealed to thee My beauty.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Hidden Words, Arabic 3).


Know thou that, verily, the eye of favors is directed to thee and is beholding thee with a divine glance, so that thou mayest, with clear eyes, see the lights of the Kingdom upon the horizon. Remember, at all times, this great favor and thank thy Lord and supplicate to Him every day.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v1, p. 132)


The message of the holy, divine Manifestations is love; the phenomena of creation are based upon love; the radiance of the world is due to love; the well-being and happiness of the world depend upon it. Therefore, I admonish you that you must strive throughout the human world to diffuse the light of love.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 336)


The spiritual love of God maketh man pure and holy and clotheth him with the garment of virtue and purity. And when man attacheth his heart wholly to God and becometh related to the Blessed Perfection, the divine bounty will dawn. This love is not physical, nay, rather, it is absolutely spiritual.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 365)


There are four kinds of love. The first is the love that flows from God to man; it consists of the inexhaustible graces, the Divine effulgence and heavenly illumination. Through this love the world of being receives life. Through this love man is endowed with physical existence, until, through the breath of the Holy Spirit—this same love—he receives eternal life and becomes the image of the Living God. This love is the origin of all the love in the world of creation.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 180)


There is nothing greater or more blessed than the Love of God! It gives healing to the sick, balm to the wounded, joy and consolation to the whole world, and through it alone can man attain Life Everlasting. The essence of all religions is the Love of God, and it is the foundation of all the sacred teachings.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 82)


With the love of God all sciences are accepted and beloved, but without it, are fruitless; nay, rather the cause of insanity. Every science is like unto a tree; if the fruit of it is the love of God, that is a blessed tree. Otherwise it is dried wood and finally a food for fire.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 366)