Divine Love and Wisdom #47

Divine Love and Wisdom (Dole translation)

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47. Divine love and wisdom cannot fail to be and to be manifested in others that it has created. The hallmark of love is not loving ourselves but loving others and being united to them through love. The hallmark of love is also being loved by others because this is how we are united. Truly, the essence of all love is to be found in union, in the life of love that we call joy, delight, pleasure, sweetness, blessedness, contentment, and happiness.

The essence of love is that what is ours should belong to someone else. Feeling the joy of someone else as joy within ourselves--that is loving. Feeling our joy in others, though, and not theirs in ourselves is not loving. That is loving ourselves, while the former is loving our neighbor. These two kinds of love are exact opposites. True, they both unite us; and it does not seem as though loving what belongs to us, or loving ourselves in the other, is divisive. Yet it is so divisive that to the extent that we love others in this way we later harbor hatred for them. Step by step our union with them dissolves, and the love becomes hatred of corresponding intensity.

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From Swedenborg's Works

Inbound References:

Divine Love and Wisdom 307, 327, 335

Divine Providence 1, 5

Other New Christian Commentary

Love - What is the truth about it? 1

Divine Love 1

Dining with the Lord 1

What Would Love Do? Part 1 - The Hungry 1

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 Our Covenant with God
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Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Our Covenant with the Lord
Lesson and activities exploring our covenant with the Lord and how we can respond to His love.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15

 Overcoming Challenges
Lesson and activities exploring steps that can help people overcome challenges in marriage.
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 Overcoming Challenges in Marriage
Most marriages encounter difficulties. New Church teachings offer practical suggestions for overcoming challenges and building stronger marriage relationships.
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 Prayers for Adults: Loving the Neighbor
Activity | Ages over 18

 Prayers for Adults: Treasuring Marriage
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 Prayers for Children: Teach Us How to Love Others
Activity | Ages 7 - 14

 Prayers for Teens: Treasuring Marriage
Activity | Ages 15 - 17


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