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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

34- The concept of love & friendship

 

St-Takla.org           Image: Love? or Love?! صورة: صورة: حب أم حب؟!

St-Takla.org Image: Love? or Love?!

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة: حب أم حب؟!

Love is due to God in the first place:

If we want to understand love according to its true basis, biblically, we should put before us the following fact:

Love is addressed, before anything else, to God - blessed be His name.

This reflects God's words in Deuteronomy, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might" (Deut. 6:5).

Since this love is with all the heart, where can other kinds of love be? What can we give since all the heart is for God? The only solution is:

Our love for everyone and for everything should be through or within the scope of our love for God.

All the heart is given to God and within this love of God, we love everyone. Therefore the Lord said, "...and the second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:39).

But why did He say "like it"? Because it is within the love of God, part of it and not separated from it.

Any love outside the scope of God's love, is wrong.

What then if such love exceeds our love for God? The Lord says in this regard, "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me" (Matt. 10:37).

The love that exceeds the love of God is for some person or thing other than God Himself, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. We can say about this :

It is a false love which contradicts God's love and is stronger in the heart than the love for God.

The heart becomes disowned by God, and this false love intrudes God's domain.

 

35

Kinds of love

36

Friendship

37

Wrong love

38

Practical Love

39

The relationship with God


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