Thursday, August 13, 2009
The Importance of Love
Yesterday I wrote with some passion about the nature of love, and from what I had to say on the subject, you may gather that I thought love was very important. Without love the world would be a poor place, certainly in terms of human relationships, both in a limited sense between individuals and in the broader sense of global relationships. Apart from eternal salvation through the saving grace of Christ, I can think of nothing more important than love. If hate were the most dominant desire of human beings there would indeed be little hope for their survival, but survival alone is not the important issue, for all material things are subject to decay, including our bodies. What is important about our love is the motivation behind it, the spiritual factor, i.e., the ingredient that generates our heart to engage in the practice of love. Our desires are important, particularly our hopes and aspirations for the effectual outpouring of the love in our hearts. How can people be the recipients of our love? Surely they can know of it and receive it by our words of comfort, words of support and reassurance, but most importantly by our actions.
“Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.” Germaine De Stael