Saturday, March 10, 2012

Love for others

One of the requirements for a true spirituality for mission is a genuine love for others. This is clearly stated in Christ's second most important commandment which is to love your neighbors. This commandment demands selfless dedication to the needs of others. Love of neighbor is not something accessory to mission and is not primarily a kind of lure for winning converts; it is in fact, nothing less than a basic constitution of the very Kingdom that the Church wishes to extend through mission. According to this constitution, the Church as a community of love must not only believe its faith; it must do it. Christianity is by its very nature a faith of love, whose adherents are to be recognized by their Godlikeness that is reflected especially in their genuine care and active compassion for others.

The Church and Cultures: New Perspectives in Missiological Anthropology by Louis J. Luzbetak, p. 4.

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