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“God is fire. God is love. God is a self-propagating emotional power, a fire that shares itself. Centuries after Moses beheld the flames of the burning bush, this same fire merged with the tongues of flame at Pentecost, and with the fire that burned within the hearts of the disciples at Emmaus. In saying that God is a fire of love we are certainly stating a truth that plays havoc with many of our ideas, in fact almost all our ideas. (Fr. Lev Gillet)

“There is no accident in God’s decision to enter our world through the most humble of all gates: the womb of the Blessed Virgin. The mystery of her womb is sometimes described as fire (she is the Burning Bush, who bears God in her womb – “our God is a consuming fire”) and yet is not burned. Our own rebirth and renewal in Christ comes through immersion in the same fire.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Step by step, God reveals the source of sin. God's love is like a fire that consumes sin until only what is good remains. But without repentance, nothing good will remain…For our God is a fire which consumes everything unclean, and no one who is defiled in body or spirit can enter into communion with Him.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Joshua 7:14-18, St. Seraphim of Sarov)

“Because the saints saw that the divine fire would cleanse them and benefit them, they did not shrink back from or get discouraged by the trials which they faced. Rather than being hurt by what they went through, they grew and were made better, shining like gold that has been refined in a fire.” (St. Athanasius)

“The Lord Jesus Christ is quite willing to divide humanity. He is forthright concerning His intentions: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division” (Lk 12:51). The God-man came as the Word of fire which “consumes every materialistic and coarse thought and destroys idols made of whatever substance”…Christ is the fire of truth igniting the imbedded lies of this world.” (Blessed Theophylact, Dynamis 11/11/2020)

“In Mark 9:49 Christ says “For everyone will be seasoned with fire…” Being seasoned with fire means being tested to see if one’s faith and works are genuine. There is a difference between being tested and tempted. God tries us [to help us grow], but He never tempts us.” (James 1:13). (Sacramental Living Ministries, Orthodox Study Bible, Mark 9:49, James 1:13).

“For our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). For the righteous the love of God is a purifying, illumining, and deifying fire. For the unrighteous it is a burning fire.” (Clark Carlton)

“Love is fire. All who love truly know this: God is Love, and God is Fire. God’s fire will consume those who are not fire themselves, and render bright and shining all those who are fire themselves.” (Alexander Kalomiros)

“For the one who has never loved and who is consumed in his own “ego and his own passions, being with God for all eternity will be hell to him. Without love, we cannot experience the fire of God without being burned.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“God will help us when we are under fire for our faith.” (Life Application Study Bible, Acts 23:6-8)

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