Irenic Thoughts

Irenic. The word means peaceful. This web log (or blog) exists to create an ongoing, and hopefully peaceful, series of comments on the life of King of Peace Episcopal Church. This is not a closed community. You are highly encouraged to comment on any post or to send your own posts.


Love of Neighbor

Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone,
but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
—Leviticus 19:18

If you can help your neighbor now, don't say,
"Come back tomorrow, and then I'll help you."
—Proverbs 3:28

You have heard that the law of Moses says,
"Love your neighbor" and hate your enemy.
But I say, love your enemies!
Pray for those who persecute you!
—Matthew 5:43-44

The most important commandment is this:
"Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.
And you must love the Lord your God
with all your heart, all your soul,
all your mind, and all your strength."
The second is equally important:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
No other commandment is greater than these.
—Mark 12:29-31

Pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others.
You can never finish paying that!
If you love your neighbor,
you will fulfill all the requirements of God's law.
—Romans 13:8

For the whole law can be summed up in this one command:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
—Galatians 5:14

Yes indeed, it is good when you truly obey
our Lord's royal command found in the Scriptures:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
—James 2:8

God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us.
He alone has the power to save or to destroy.
So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor?
—James 4:12

Every individual will receive from God
the amount of indulgence he has
himself given to his neighbor.
Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

He alone loves the Creator perfectly
who manifests a pure love for his neighbor.
Venerable Bede (672-735)

How seldom we weigh our neighbor
in the same balance with ourselves.
Thomas Kempis (1380-1471)

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness
simply means being able to say to him,
"What are you going through?"
Simone Weil (1909-1943)

The capacity for getting along with our neighbor
depends to a large extent on the capacity
for getting along with ourselves.
The self-respecting individual will try
to be as tolerant of his neighbor's shortcomings
as he is of his own.”
Eric Hoffer (1898-1983)

Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
Now ask yourself,
Where is the Love?
The Black-Eyed Peas (2003)



  • At 12/05/2007 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The neighbors on either side of our house have really bad moral issues, some that I can't mention. They have destroyed families and have hurt others, emotionally and physically.

    Does loving them mean praying for them and taking care of them when in need? Do I have to like them and pretend to be friends? I'm not ugly to them, but I tend to ignore them. I'm sure that if I gave them any attention they would take it to mean my acceptance of their behavior. I'm afraid of some and could never trust the others. Is this too judgmental? What about my kids? I don't want them to think that we tolerate such acts that go against most people's standards of moraltiy.

  • At 12/05/2007 7:51 AM, Anonymous kenny said…

    All you need is love, all you need is love,
    All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

    - John Lennon

  • At 12/05/2007 5:00 PM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    The standard of love is not a simplistic standard. If I love someone who is molesting children, it is not loving to that person or to those children to condone those actions. A loving response in that case would involve reporting what I know to the police, getting the evil stopped and then praying for healing for all involved.

    Love can be expressed in a lot of ways that might not seem like love at first glance, but are in fact more loving than permitting someone to hit rock bottom.


  • At 12/05/2007 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Now I can't get that song out of my head!

    Father Frank,
    Thanks for your response. There is nothing in either house next to me where any children are involved. These issues involve adultery,infidelity, betrayal,violence,etc...It's really hard to love people who condone this. I know for sure that I don't like them.

  • At 12/05/2007 9:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HATE the SIN
    but finding that line between the twain, now there's the rub....

  • At 12/06/2007 7:49 AM, Anonymous kenny said…

    ^ There's a good question. We all know what's meant by loving but not liking but is it really possible? Or are we just making excuses?

  • At 12/06/2007 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's not an excuse. We have the ability to love everyone--even if we don't know them. We love them by praying for them, caring for them, providing for them when in need, etc... I can do all of these things for people that I don't like. And sometimes you can lose the like, for example, when your spouse goes through a midlife crises and becomes totally obnoxious; but that does not mean that you lose the love.

    It is commanded to "Love thy neighbor" which is a greater responsiblity than "Like thy neighbor."

    I still have that song in my head...:) Better the Beatles than Barney: "I love you. You love me..."

  • At 12/07/2007 7:47 AM, Anonymous kenny said…

    Barney has some good lessons for us. Usually a better role model than the Beatles...


  • At 12/07/2007 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    You have to LOVE Barney for that, but, I LIKE the Beatles better! :)


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