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St. John of Kronstadt (1829-1909) On Enmity and Love
Dislike, enmity or hatred should be unknown amongst Christians, even by name. How can dislike exist among Christians? Love calms and expands the heart and vivifies the heart; while hatred painfully contracts and disturbs it. God is love and I am an image of God. Therefore, I ought to be all love.
Everywhere a Christian sees love, everywhere you breathe the fragrance of love. Our God is the God of love. His Kingdom is the kingdom of love. Out of His love for us, God did not spare His only-begotten Son, but delivered Him up to die for our sake, to be “the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 2:2) . In your home you see love in those around, for they are sealed in baptism and chrism with the cross of love and wear the cross; they also partake with you in Church of the “supper of love” (Jude 12). In Church there are symbols of love everywhere: crosses, the sign of the cross, the saints who were pleasing to God by their love for Him and for their neighbor and Incarnate Love Himself. In Heaven and upon the earth everywhere there is love. By my love for God and my neighbor I belong to Heaven. Love rests and causes the heart to rejoice, like God; while enmity kills the soul and body. And you must show love, always and everywhere. How can you not love when everywhere you hear love preached, when only the destroyer of mankind, the devil, is eternal enmity.
The God of love is unchangeable and we ought to be unchangeable and constant in our love. “Love never fails,” writes St. Paul (1 Corinthians 14:8), while dislike, hatred, indifference and neglect proceed from the devil. ... See MoreSee Less
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