Friday, November 24, 2023

Bernard: the reason for loving God

Friday, November 24, 2023
I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
    —Psalm 16:2 (NIV)
    We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable. When one asks, Why should I love God? he may mean, What is lovely in God? or What shall I gain by loving God? In either case, the same sufficient cause of love exists, namely, God Himself.
    ... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), On Loving God, CCEL, ch. 3, p. 3 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 16:2; Deut. 6:5; Ps. 115:1; Matt. 22:37; Luke 10:27; John 3:16; 14:6; 15:13; Rom. 5:10; 8:32; 1 John 4:19; 5:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are worthy of our love.
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