Naturally loving

The Christian Science Monitor

Not too long ago there was a photograph in The Christian Science Monitor of a soldier who had found a quiet moment to play with his small son. It was a poignant reminder of how much more natural it is for a father to hold his child than a gun.

It is our right to love. And every circumstance like the foregoing hints at this. It is a right that is given to us by God. Through understanding God as Love itself, as the Bible describes Him, and man's relation to God, we come to see that this right can't be taken away from us. It includes expressing love ourselves and seeing it expressed.

But, oh, how persistently we're pressed to believe that love can be abused, withheld, or worse yet, that we can of our own free will neglect it! How often we're tempted to agree that our boss is domineering; that our spouse is uncaring; that all those drivers in rush-hour traffic are naturally obnoxious. All of this may at first glance appear to be the case. But the fact remains that God made man to love! It is our most sublime ability.

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