Sunday, August 20, 2017

McGiffert on Bernard: Christian love in action

Sunday, August 20, 2017
    Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
    Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
    [Jesus:] “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
    —Luke 6:31 (NIV)
    Bernard [of Clairvaux] did not stop with love for God or Christ, he insisted also that the Christian must love his neighbors, including even his enemies. Not necessarily that he must feel affection for them—that is not always possible in this life, though it will be in heaven—but that he must treat them as love dictates, doing always for others what he would that they should do for him.
    ... A. C. McGiffert (1861-1933), A History of Christian Thought, v. II [1932], New York, London: C. Scribner’s sons, 1960, p. 232 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:31; Matt. 5:44-45; 7:12; 22:39; Luke 6:27,35; Rom. 12:14,20-21; Gal. 5:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart that loves those who do not love me.
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