Faith, Hope, and Love, The Thirtieth Step

And now remains faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)

John–Love, by its very nature, is a resemblance to God, insofar as it is humanly possible. For God is love (1 John 4:16).

This is a saying worth pondering for some time:

Love is the banishment of every sort of contrariness, for love thinks no evil.

We spoke of dispassion yesterday–sort of a calm detachment. Not becoming buffeted by passions. John says dispassion and love are distinguished only by name.

And…

He who loves the Lord has first loved his brother, for the latter is proof of the former. Someone who loves his neighbor will never tolerate slanderers and will run from them as though from a fire. And a man who claims to love the Lord but is angry with his neighbor is like someone who dreams he is running.

Concluding the 30 steps:

Remaining now are faith, hope, and love, these three. But love is the greatest of them all (1 Corinthians 13:13).

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