Love God, Love your Brother

“If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”

~1 John 4:20

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Hermits and anchorites in Romania today, very well worth watching on youtube:

Wisdom of the Hermits

Love

“Love is the banishment of every sort of contrariness, for love thinks no evil.” ~┬áSt. John Climacus

“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” ~ Luke 6:27-28

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ~ Galatians 5:14

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” ~ 1 John 3:18

“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love will cover a multitude of sins.'” ~ 1 Peter 4:8

“And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. ~ 1 John 4:21

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment.” ~ Mark 12:30

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13

“We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28

“Let us love one another and be loved by God; let us be patient with one another and He will be patient with our sins. Let us not render evil for evil, and we shall not receive our due for our sins. For we find the forgiveness of our trespasses in the forgiving of our brothers; and the mercy of God is hidden in mercifulness to our neighbor. Therefore the Lord said: ‘Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.’ And: ‘ If you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.’ And again: ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.’ And: ‘With what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.’ See, the Lord bestowed on us the method of salvation and has given us eternal power to become sons of God. So finally then our salvation is in our will’s grasp.” ~ St. Maximus the Confessor.

“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” ~ 1 John 4:10

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.” ~ Psalm 91:14

“The Lord, indeed, is the Lover of mankind, so full of tender compassion whenever we turn completely toward Him and are freed from all things contrary. Even though we, in our supreme ignorance, childishness, and tendency toward evil, turn away from true life and place many impediments along our path because we really do not like to repent, nevertheless, He has great mercy on us. He patiently waits for us until we will be converted and return to Him and be enlightened in our inner selves that our faces may not be ashamed in the day of judgment.” ~ St. Macarius the Great.

“St. John in one of his epistles says, ‘Perfect love drives out fear.’ What does the holy man signify to us by this? What sort of love and what sort of fear is he talking about? The psalmist says, ‘Fear the Lord all you who love him,’ and we find thousands of similar sayings in Holy Scripture. If, therefore, the saints who so loved Him feared Him, how can he say, ‘Love casteth out fear’? St. John wishes to show us that there are two kinds of fear: one preliminary, the other perfect; the one found in beginners – as someone called it ‘of the devout’; the other in those perfected in holiness, of those having arrived at true love.” ~ St. Dorotheos of Gaza.

“And Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.'” ~
Mark 12:29-31