Thursday, August 16, 2007

CQOD: 08/20/07 -- McGiffert on Bernard: Christian love in action

Christian Quotation of the Day

August 20, 2007
Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
    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 [1932-33]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a heart that loves those who do not love me.

See Believer's Desktop Companion 2007

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