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how does one really love God?

Ordinary Christianity has emphasized that we should love God. This makes sense, but do we really know how to do that? What I find in the mystics is an overwhelming experience of how God has loved us! That’s what comes through all of their writings, and I do mean ALL—that God is forever the aggressive lover, God is the protagonist, God is the one who seduces me out of my unworthiness. It’s all about God’s initiative! Then the mystics try desperately to pay back, to offer their lives back to the world, to the poor and rejected, and, thus, back to God. Love is repaid by love alone.

Mystics are not trying to earn God’s love by doing good things or going to church services. That question is already and profoundly resolved. The mystic’s overwhelming experience is the full body blow of divine embrace, a radical acceptance by God even in a state of fragmentation and poverty. That’s what makes it amazing and grace (see Romans 11:6).

+Adapted from “Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate… Seeing God in All Things” by Richard Rohr

The title of this article is “How Does One Really Love God?” I don’t know how often you and I consider such a question, but what the author offers here is profound. These strong reminders can really focus us AND release us from performance pressures at the same time. “God is forever the aggressive lover.” Amazing! Read it again. It’s really good. —MDP

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  1. maviskennedy1
    March 30, 2022 at 10:23 am

    Love the messages. 

    • March 31, 2022 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you Mavis! We love you!


  2. April 28, 2022 at 8:00 am

    Very Good Post, as usual. Richard Rohr is one my favorites!
    Although we can experience our capacity to Gods Love without “going to Church”, I find it necessary to share that love by drawing others in, service and to make ourselves available for others, and to keep us humble. We may even learn a few things while we’re there!😎. Keep up the good work, Mike!

    • April 28, 2022 at 8:11 am

      Thanks for reading Margaret! Bless you! M

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