Quote of Note #91: Loving Others the Way Jesus Loves Us

His Hand
His Hand; carving and photo by GAC

“If God is compassionate, then certainly those who love God should be compassionate as well.  The God whom Jesus announces and in whose name he acts is the God of compassion, the God who offers himself as an example and model for all human behavior.

“But there is more.  Becoming like the heavenly Father is not just one important aspect of Jesus’ teaching, it is the very heart of his message.  The radical quality of Jesus’ words and the seeming impossibility of his demands are quite obvious when heard as part of a general call to become and to be true sons and daughters of God.

“As long as we belong to this world, we will remain subject to its competitive ways, and expect to be rewarded for all the good we do.  But when we belong to God, who loves us without conditions, we can live as he does.  The great conversion called for by Jesus is to move from belonging to the world to belonging to God.”

Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son:  A Story of Homecoming.  New York: Image/Doubleday, 1992, page 125.


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