How far does our love reach?

We may live with ourselves, but we don't live for ourselves—or at least we shouldn't. There is a good way to be free from living only for ourselves, to be free from self-concern, self consciousness, self-love, or any self-centered quality. It is to think and act in terms of living to serve God and mankind.

That kind of unselfish living doesn't mean neglect of one's own human needs and right desires. Rather does it provide a more spiritual motive for attaining them: first, to premise needs and desires on love for and obedience to God; and then to see in that love and obedience the reason to love mankind.

January 13, 1986

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