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TO THE QUESTION ABOUT LOVE
In many spiritual matters, including those concerning love, it is possible to single out howmystical, and rational, side.
And even such a seemingly mystical concept, like salvation, also has rational sides.
And, by the way, logical reasoning, we conclude that the mystical world has its own logic, for the ways of the Lord are inscrutable for our mind!
And, rationally,we can understand a lot if we also remember about the mystical aspects that are inaccessible to direct rational understanding and are related to the area of the spirit (sometimes they also say to the heart).
As for love, firstly, this feeling(admittedly, special), that is, that which belongs to the region of the heart - one of the three psychic powers of the soul. The feeling of love is a spiritual vector, that is, it has a magnitude and a spiritual orientation.
In general, love can be defined as a feeling that turns a love object into a treasure, that is, the most important, the most necessary, the most precious, the most preserved and protected for a person.
Therefore, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21)
The reverse is also true: where your heart (that is, what your feelings are directed towards), there will be a treasure higher.Love is also a state of mind (i.e. its psychic powers: heart, mind and will), and purpose (if we mean love for God, which connects man with Him, and saves him!).
Directivity of the heart (orientation of feelings)is determined by what exactly a person likes, what his heart is for, what he loves, what he hates.For example, a person can love God and his neighbor, thereby fulfilling the two basic commandments of God *.
At the same time, the spiritual orientation of a person is positive, it leads him to God.
On the other hand, a person can love worldly things (power, fame, carnal pleasures, wealth).In this case, the spiritual orientation of a person is negative, it leads him away from God.For,“Friendship with the world is enmity against God! So, who wants to be a friend of the world, he becomes an enemy of God "(James 4: 4)
“Do not love the world, nor what is in the world: if anyone loves the world, there is no love of the Father in that. For all that is in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of this world. ”(1 John 2: 15-16).
It is possible, using various criteria, to single out various types (varieties) of love, for example:
- love for your child; love for his wife; love for mother; love for a mentor, etc .;
- passionate love; Christian love; love - agape (due to love for God and arising not as a result of attraction to a particular person, caused by his external and internal virtues, but as a manifestation of love for one's neighbor - as the image of God);
- unlimited (very strong) love; quiet and quiet love, etc.
All these types of love have their own characteristics.and, despite the possible presence in them (to a greater or lesser extent) of mystical aspects, they are partially rationally understood.
Thus, love is a rational - irrational concept.
GENERALLY LOVE IS THE SUPREME FEELING!THERE IS A RISE OF CHRISTIANITY IS THE RELIGION OF LOVE **, IN WHICH THE GOD IS LOVE! *** “FOR THAT HE GOT THE GOD WORLD, THOUGH THE PERSON OF THE HONORAL, SHOW ANY OTHER, IN THE WINE APPS, THE APPS, THE PEOPLE OF THE HONOR, THE ANNOUNCED IN THE HEAD, THE APPS, THE APPS, THE PEOPLE OF THE HONOR, THE ANNOUNCED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF THE APPS, THE PEOPLE OF THE HONOR, THE FRIENDS OF ANOTHER, THE APPS, THE PERSONS OF THE UNIFIENT, THE DONE OF ANY PEOPLE IN THE NUMBER OF THE GODS OF THE OTHERS, OF THE UNIFIENT, OF ANY WOMEN OF THE GODS OF THE APPROPS, OF THE OTHERS OF THE HONOR, OF ANY PEOPLE, OF THE APPS : 16).
* “And one of them, the lawyer, tempting Him, asked, saying: Teacher! what is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and all thy mind.This is the first and greatest commandment; the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself; on these two commandments, the whole law and the prophets are affirmed ”(Matt. 22: 35-40. See also Mark 28-31).
** “And now these three abide: faith, hope, love; but the love of them is greater ”(1 Cor. 13: 13).
*** 1 Jn. 4: 8, 16.