Love of God and Neighbor
by Scott D. Hendricks
15. The one who sees a trace of hatred in his own heart through any fault at all toward any man whoever he may be makes himself completely foreign to the love for God, because love for God in no way admits of hatred for man.
16. “The one who loves me,” says the Lord, “will keep my commandments” and “this is my commandment, that you love one another.” Therefore the one who does not love his neighbor is not keeping the commandment, and the one who does not keep the commandment is not able to love the Lord.
17. Blessed is the man who has learnt to love all men equally.
~ St. Maximus the Confessor
George C. Berthold, trans., Maximus Confessor: selected writings (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 1985), 37.