Loving Less

The way to love foreigners more is not to love your countrymen less. And the way to love your countrymen more is not to love foreigners less. The way to love your neighbor more is not to love your enemy less.

The way to love the present more is not to love the past less. The way to love the past more is not to love the present—or the future—less.

The way to love the poor more is not to love the rich less. The way to love criminals more is not to love victims less. The way to love victims more is not to love criminals less.

The way to love animals more is not to love human beings less.

The way to love George Floyd more is not to love Derek Chauvin less. The way to love Derek Chauvin more is not to love George Floyd less.

The way to love your brothers in Christ more is not to love unbelievers less. The way to love unbelievers more is not to love your brothers in Christ less. The way to love holiness more is not to love sinners less. The way to love sinners more is not to love holiness less.

The way to love sacrifice more is not to love God’s gifts less.

The way to love God more is not to love anyone or anything in His creation less. On the contrary: “Love of Thee / Swells all loves as mighty floods / Swell all streams.” God is Love, and so loving less is never the way.

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