LOVE AND FAITH

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1Cor 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Love and faith can never be separated, because they make a single unit. Let me report some surprising facts in this connection. Because the Lord gives heavenly angels this kind of love, love reveals all religious knowledge to them. Love also gives them such a living and shining intelligence that it can hardly be described. For spirits who learn the doctrinal tenets of faith but lack love on the other hand, life is so chill and the light so dim that they cannot even approach the near side of the threshold to heaven’s entrance hall without f leeing in retreat. Some say that they had believed in the Lord; but in actuality they had not lived as he taught.  The Lord speaks of them this way in Matthew: Not everyone saying “Lord! Lord!” to me will enter the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing my will. Many will say to me on that day, “Lord! Lord! Haven’t we prophesied in your name?” (Matthew  7:21,  22) See also what follows there, up to the end of Matthew  7.  All this makes it clear that people who have love also have faith and consequently heavenly life.  The same cannot be said of those who claim to have faith but do not lead a loving life. A life of faith without love is like sunlight without warmth—the type of light that occurs in winter, when nothing grows and everything droops and dies. Faith rising out of love, on the contrary, is like light from the sun in spring, when everything grows and flourishes.  Warmth from the sun is the fertile agent.  The same is true in spiritual and heavenly affairs, which are typically represented in the  Word by objects found in nature and human culture.
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1 Cor 13:13 “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them all is love .”

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