"A theology of love cannot afford to be sentimental. It cannot afford to preach edifying generalities about charity, while identifying "peace" with mere established power and legalized violence against the oppressed. A theology of love cannot be allowed to merely serve the interests of the rich and powerful, justifying their wars, their violence and their … Continue reading Thomas Merton on a Theology of Love
This image was reportedly inspired by Song of Songs 3. Upon my bed at night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. “I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; … Continue reading Whom my soul loves
People often confuse love with sentimentality. Let me Say, there is nothing sentimental about loving an enemy, or loving an ‘extra grace required’ person. It is hard work. It requires deep commitment and costly forgiveness.
"We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. When one asks, Why should I love God? he may mean, What is lovely in God? or What shall I gain by loving God? In either case, the same sufficient cause of love exists, namely, God … Continue reading On Loving God
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. (1 John 4:20) I am always challenged by these words.
Sometimes, when comparing the New Testament with the Old Testament, it is said that the God of the Old Testament is about wrath and judgement but the God of the New Testament is one of grace and love. Personally I find this way too simplistic. Not that I don't see a significant difference between the … Continue reading Moses or Jesus?
Have any of you seen the movie Call and Response yet? If not, I highly recommend it, having just watched it earlier this evening. Call and Response is a "rockumentary" highlighting the prevalent but often ignored problems of human trafficking and slavery. If you think it doesn't effect you, look deep before you get dressed and have your next … Continue reading Justice is what love looks like in public
Fundamentalist often refer to themselves as biblical "literalists". Yet there is one saying in the Bible that they steadfastly refuse to interpret literally: love your enemies. So I say, the problem with fundamentalists is not that they're always too literal, it's that they're often not literal enough.
We need to love the world As God so loved the world Whether that love is reciprocated That's not the point. Whether that love is shared That's the point.
I asked God to take away my habit. God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. God said, No. His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary I asked God to grant me patience. God … Continue reading Poem on Prayer
Christ my God, Set my heart on fire with love in you, That in its flame I may love you with all my heart, With all my mind, and with all my soul and with all my strength, And my neighbor as myself, So that by keeping your commandments I may glorify You The giver … Continue reading Prayer of Love
Does God understand the pain of love? The loneliness we feel The rejection the betrayal of trust by a friend. Does He understand the experience of total separation From one He loves? Does He understand the agony and grief of the soul? The cost and the pain of love. God sent his only Son into … Continue reading Poem on the Pain of Love