Aiming at Love

Make love your aim…”

 (1 Cor 14:1)

“For the person who does not show kindness and love towards his brother ‘does not know God, for God is love’ (1 John 4:8), as John the son of thunder and beloved disciple of Christ proclaims; and he adds that if Christ, the Savior of all, ‘laid down His soul for us, then we ought to lay down our souls for our brethren’ (1 John 3:16).  Love has fittingly been called the citadel of the virtues, the sum of the Law and the prophets (cf. Matt. 22:40; Rom. 13:10). So let us make every effort until we attain it. Through love we shall shake off the tyranny of the passions and rise to heaven, lifted up on the wings of the virtues; and we shall see God, so far as this is possible for human nature.”  (St Theodoros the Great, The Philokalia, Kindle Loc. 11310-25)