We follow God’s commandments out of our love for Him. When we love someone – a parent, a guardian, a teacher – we do what they ask so that they may be happy. Even when we’re asked to do unpleasant things, we must be patient in our obedience.
Prayers/readings for study
O Thou the Compassionate God! Bestow upon me a heart which, like unto glass, may be illumined with the light of Thy love, and confer upon me thoughts which may change this world into a rose garden through the outpourings of heavenly grace. Thou art the Compassionate, the Merciful. Thou art the Great Beneficent God. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers)
- Lua and the Sick Man. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá asks Lua Getsinger to take care of a sick man. Ruhi Book 3, Lesson 5.
- The Bird Hunter. Bahá’u’lláh asks an expert hunter not to kill innocent birds… Ruhi Book 3, Lesson 13.
- Simon Says. The classic game. a teacher (or a child) is “Simon” and everyone must do as Simon says, as long as Simon says “Simon says” first.
- Circle, Triangle, Square. A memory game from Ruhi Book 3, Lesson 10.
- Blind Man. One child plays a blind person, and another acts as a guide. the guide must help the blind person navigate safely through obstacles from one end of a course to the other. var 1: the guide holds the hand of the blind person. var 2: the guide does not touch the blind person and only gives verbal commands. Ruhi Book 3, Lesson 13.
- Thank you cards/gifts. cards or gifts for parents, teachers or guardians – works well on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, parents’ birthdays… something that shows the love and appreciation towards those who we obey.
O SON OF MAN! For everything there is a sign. The sign of love is fortitude under My decree and patience under My trials. (Arabic Hidden Words, no.49)
Say: From My laws the sweet-smelling savour of My garment can be smelled, and by their aid the standards of Victory will be planted upon the highest peaks. The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: “Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.” Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe. By My life! He who hath drunk the choice wine of fairness from the hands of My bountiful favour will circle around My commandments that shine above the Dayspring of My creation. (Kitab-i-Aqdas, para.4, page 20)