Loving Others as a Measure of our Love for God

“If we look inside our hearts

and find there even a trace of animosity towards others

for the wrongs they have done to us,

then we should realize that we are still far removed

from the love of God.

The love of God absolutely precludes us

from hating any human being.”

“If you love God,

you will certainly start to love your neighbors too.

You will find you are unable to hoard your money any longer

but will want to distribute it in a godly way,

being generous to all who are in need.”

(St. Maximus the Confessor in The Book of Mystical Chapters translated by John Anthony McGuckin, pgs. 50-51)