Sunday, August 14, 2016

Love Begats Goodness, and Hatred Begats Evil

The things a person loves dictate what he becomes. If a person loves cars, he might become a mechanic, or a racer, or a car collector. The things we choose to love mold us into what we become. Conversely, of course, the things we decide to hate also affect who we become.
But note this, also: Choosing to find things to love instead of things to hate, tends to make a better person. So, if you would be a good person, find things to love. If you, instead, choose to find things to despise and to condemn and to find fault with, you may canker your soul. The tendency to become a wicked person is enhanced by allowing yourself to hate others.
This should make sense, should it not? If being good is simply in treating others well and doing good to them, will you not be so much more ahead by loving them? For, if you love them, you will naturally do good to them.
It is said, that the first great commandment is to love God with all your heart, mind and soul. And, the second commandment is like unto it, to love thy neighbor as thyself. And, note what the scripture say next: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. I find new meaning in that, now. If love brings us to do good, then on our love of others will hang a tendency to do all good works.
It is love that guides us to do good, and hatred that chases us to do evil. If you would be good, learn to love.

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