We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.
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If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother (or sister), he is a liar, for whoever does not love a brother (or sister) whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. [1John 4:20]
If I spend all night on my knees in prayer but the next morning I lash out at my children or kick my cat, I am very far from loving God. But if I go out of my way to help a neighbor, to sit with my children as they do their homework, or write a note of encouragement to someone who is hurting, then I am loving God even though I may not have had a spare moment all day for formal prayer.
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, what will this day teach me about love? Will I be ready to love even when I feel rushed to complete my agenda? Will I value my time with another even if I have nothing to gain? Will I pause long enough to make a call, send an email, write a card to someone I’ve not communicated with for too long a time? Lord, I desire to view myself as you see me and move forward confident that I am cherished and important in building the Kingdom right where I am.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team