“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Love is the foundation of everything that is good — a true love, that is.
By love we are created, through love we are made into His image and likeness, and for love we are purposed to exist.
To love is the supreme and ultimate commandment ever handed unto mankind: “love God with all your heart, soul and mind; love thy neighbor as you love thine self.”
In fact, the greatest testimony of one’s willingness to love his Creator is by first genuinely loving his ‘brother.’
“For how can he love God whom he has not seen and not his brethren whom he had seen,” asked Jesus.
Fittingly, this is also true in Freemasonry. Thus, we are all tasked to practice Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth amongst brothers, fellows and people around the world — irrespectively!
Paraphrasing Jesus now, we ask: “how can we love those who are from without with whom we have not drawn a pledge from and not love those from within with whom we have made an oath for?”
If we will try to notice quite keenly the 3 Masonic virtues above, all three make up the impeccable forms of ‘love’ .
Just as water could morph itself into ice and vapor, so could love be translated into other states of selfless and lustless exemplifications.
By loving our brother like our self (Brotherly love), by relieving him of his distress and soothing his afflictions (Relief), and, by being truthful and faithful to him at all times against the impulse of envy, lust and the prodding of covetous earthly allure which comes with every act of betrayal (Truth) — we accomplished magnificently the task to love.
Love is what forms Freemasonry: “to defend the weak from its oppressor, to enlighten those imprisoned by ignorance and to emancipate mankind from the tyranny of the wicked few.”
Love is what yokes us all into one band of noble brothers under the fatherhood of one loving God: “to spread the cement of Brotherly Love.”
To be a Mason, therefore, is to breathe true love. For everyone.