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Love (As Christians Should Love)

“Our mission to the world is simple: to love all regardless of who or what they identify themselves as. We may rightly ask, What is love? Is it affirmation or acceptance? Is it blind affection? No. Love is selflessness. It is to seek and do what is best for the other, what God would have us do. It is to become a sacrifice for the sake of the other, rooted in an ascetical self-denial.” (Rev. Fr. Joshua Lucas)

“…the beauty of God’s love can illumine all and transform those willing to receive it. A love so great transcends the boundaries of culture and politics, uniting a Christian not only to her neighbors, but to “every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9)….“In the Scriptures, it is often said that Christ died for the whole world; when we limit the person of Christ, when we bring him down to the level of nationalities, we immediately lose everything and fall into darkness”...To love as Christ does is to love all without exception—in spite of themselves.” (Rev. Fr. Joshua Lucas, Saint Sophrony of Essex)

“Loving God means, above all else, devotion to worship, but also to prayer, to almsgiving, to praising Him, to seeking Him in all parts of our life, dedicating all of it to Him…We are likewise called to love and honor other people. If the demons seek to destroy and to pit humans against one another, God’s faithful angelic beings do the opposite. They build up, reconcile, and unite. We are called in the gospel to live as they do.” (Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick)

“Contrary to what some may teach, the Christian faith is not fundamentally about justice or punishment or wrath for sinners. Instead, it magnifies the infinite and holy love of Christ, Who will stop at nothing to bring the one lost sheep back into the fold, Who is not embarrassed to welcome home the prodigal son, and Who will even submit to death on a cross in order to destroy death by His glorious resurrection. His salvation is not a reward for having a life with no difficulties or scandals, for such a life would be a fantasy in the world as we know it. To the contrary, those who had suffered illness, poverty, isolation, and the severe consequences of their own sins were most receptive to the good news of Christ during His earthly ministry. It was precisely their humility that opened their hearts to Him.” (Fr. Philip LeMasters)

“The Prophet Micah tells us that what the Lord requires of us day to day is that we “do justice, and love mercy, and be ready to walk humbly with the Lord.” We are not only to be merciful, but we are to love mercy. Mercy is to be our default mode of thinking and acting. It should bring us joy to be merciful—to show mercy to those around us, even if they don’t deserve it, for that is what we also ask from God for ourselves. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7). If we want God’s mercy, we have to be merciful to those around us. Remember Christ’s parable of the unforgiving servant who after showing no mercy to a fellow servant has to pay his full debt to his forgiving and merciful master.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)

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