To Love as Christ Loves Us

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34)

Silouan“Glory be to God that He has not left us comfortless but gave us the Holy Spirit on earth. The Holy Spirit teaches the soul ineffable love for mankind, and compassion for all who have gone astray. The Lord had pity on them that had gone astray, and sent His only-begotten Son to save them; and the Holy Spirit teaches this same compassion towards those who have erred, who go to hell. But he who does not possess the Holy Spirit has no wish to pray for his enemies. St. Paisius the Great prayed for his disciple who had denied Christ, and while he prayed, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘Paissius, for whom dost thou pray? Knowest thou not that he denied me?’ But the Saint continued to weep for his disciple, and the Lord then said to him, ‘Paissius, thou hast become like unto me in thy love.’ After this fashion is peace acquired, and there is no other way. Though a man pray much, and fast, but has not love for his enemies he can know no peace of soul. And I should not even be able to speak of this, had not the Holy Spirit taught me love.”   (St. Silouan the Athonite, pp 314-315)