Wednesday, April 06, 2016

To Love our Neighbor is to Point Our Neighbor to God

I so appreciate Augustine’s insight into what it means to love the Lord with all of us, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Let me get out of his way and encourage you to listen carefully to what he has to say. 

When the Lord commands us to love him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, he “means that no part of our life is to be unoccupied, and to afford room, as it were, for the wish to enjoy some other object, but that whatever else may suggest itself to us as an object worthy of love is to be borne into the same channel in which the whole current of our affections flows. Whoever, then, loves his neighbor aright, ought to urge upon him that he too should love God with his whole heart, and soul, and mind. For in this way, loving his neighbor as himself, a man turns the whole current of his love both for himself and his neighbor into the channel of the love of God, which suffers no stream to be drawn off from itself by whose diversion its own volume would be diminished” (On Christian Doctrine, Book 1, Chapter 22).

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