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HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE CHILDREN OF GOD

By this it may be seen who are the children raised for God and who are the children raised for the devil. Whoever does not do right is not of God nor he who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:10)

It is love which distinguishes between the children of God and the children of the devil. It is only by charity that the children of God are distinguished from the children of the devil. If you do not have any other qualities but this, you have fulfilled the law.

Love is that pearl of the gospel which the merchant is said to have searched for and sold everything he had to buy it (Matt.13:46)

You could say, "I have not seen God". But surely you cannot say to me, "I have not seen a human being". If you love people whom you have seen, you will at the same time be loving God, because you will be seeing love itself, and it is in love that God dwells.

St. Augustine, Commentary on 1 John 5,7.  

 

 

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