In fact, all of your theological concepts may only serve to cool the fire of love in the will. — Teresa of Ávila
Both the Christian mystic, Teresa of Ávila, and St. Francis felt the same way about theology – that those who became engrossed in figuring out the mysteries of God, often loved less than they should. St. Francis felt so strongly about it that he forbade the brothers in his order to enter into formal seminary studies.
Think of Calvin, of Luther, of Knox. They are generally touted as great theologians, but they each behaved in unloving, often violent ways when people disagreed with their theology (or politics). They aren’t the first or the last to value theology over those they were called to minister to. Is this Christ at work? I don’t think so.
If you have to choose between your theological (or even political) beliefs and loving someone else, then always choose love. It is the fire of love that gives us the will to do good.
April Love-Fordham is blogging about LOVE in 2018.
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