Love always conquers! Cover Image

Amor omnia vincit!
Love always conquers!

Love for one’s neighbor, in the name of God, is the Christian’s spiritual distinction

Author(s): Liviu Petcu
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: "Love"; "neighbor"; "name of God"; "perspective"; "Christian’s spiritual"; "distinction";

Summary/Abstract: Love, from the Christian perspective, is the likeness of imago Dei that has been imprinted on our lives and the constituent elements of the universe. Man, through his own nature, acknowledges his need to establish a direct relationship with the personal God by continuously aiming at the Absolute because the power to love has been instilled in his heart. Man is internally driven to open himself through love because he stands on the foundation that created and maintains this tendency in him, that of communion with the Persons of the Holy Trinity which is the eternal and the paramount reciprocal openness in the light of love. God anticipates a prompt response to His call to His ocean of love from which He wants to impart waves, but, He will do this according to one’s thirst and readiness. He loves each of us, He will bestow everything upon us, on one condition: that we turn and take steps toward Him so that we should receive Him. Man is invited to reciprocate God’s love with his love and interact with all men in the power of humble and sacrificial love that he received through intimate communion with Him. It is my intention to approach in the lines below these topics that I state and propose for the readers’ consideration: love for God as a response of man to God’s agape love for him, love for man’s neighbor in the name of God – this is the distinctive sign of good Christians – and, at the same time, the new commandment of the new era. The classic paradigms of Christian love have also been briefly broached in a subchapter. The subject matter of this paper consists of the conviction that God bestowed life on us also because He desired to teach us to eternally love Him and our neighbors, ever more intensely.

  • Issue Year: 23/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 25-46
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English