If love is the soul of Christian existence, it must be at the heart of every other Christian virtue. Thus, for example, justice without love is legalism; faith without love is ideology; hope without love is self-centeredness; forgiveness without love is self-abasement; fortitude without love is recklessness; generosity without love is extravagance; care without love is mere duty; fidelity without love is servitude. Every virtue is an expression of love. No virtue is really a virtue unless it is permeated, or informed, by love (1 Corinthians 13).
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The soul of Christian existence
"Love Your Neighbor"
This morning in church the lessons reminded us of the "Summary of the Law": Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and your neighbor as yourself. Perhaps it's a good idea to think about what is actually meant by love. Here's something I found today: