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Love Rejoices with the Truth

Do you so love the truth and the right that you welcome, or at least submit willingly to, the idea of an exposure of what in you is yet unknown to yourself — an exposure that may redound to the glory of the truth by making you ashamed and humble?...Are you willing to be made glad that you were wrong when you thought others were wrong?
— George MacDonald

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Love without Understanding

Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing to help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true, we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them—we can love completely without understanding.
— Rev. Maclean, in *A River Runs Through It*

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Reflections on Christian Love from Steve Sandage

On Sunday, we received greetings from Steve Sandage, a former member and elder of Christ Pres, who now teaches psychology and theology at Boston University. Here are more reflections on Christian love from Steve.

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Without the Least Condemnation

Alyosha…did love people; he lived all his life, it seemed, with complete faith in people, and yet no one ever considered him either naive or a simpleton. There was something in him…that convinced one that he did not want to be a judge of men, that he would not take judgment upon himself and would not condemn anyone for anything. It seemed, even, that he accepted everything without the least condemnation, though often with deep sadness. Moreover, in this sense he even went so far that no one could either surprise or frighten him….
— Dostoevsky, *The Brothers Karamazov*

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