Commanded to Love

Christ is risen!  Truly He is risen!

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These things I command you, that you love one another. (John 5:17)

St Porphyrios teaches about the importance of love for the Christian:

“One thing is our aim—love for Christ, for the Church, for our neighbor.  Love, worship of, and craving for God, the union with Christ and with the Church is Paradise on earth.  Love towards Christ and towards one’s neighbor, towards everyone, including enemies.  The Christian feels for everyone, he wants all to be saved, all to taste the Kingdom of God.  That is Christianity: through love for our brother to arrive at love for God.  To the extent that we desire it, to the extent that we wish it, to the extent that we are worthy, divine grace comes through our brother.  When we love our brother we love the Church and therefore Christ.  And we too are within the Church.  Therefore when we love the Church we love ourselves.”   (WOUNDED BY LOVE, p 97)

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“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)