Divine Love and Wisdom #47

Divine Love and Wisdom (Harley and Harley translation)

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Love in itself is not to love self, but to love others and to be conjoined with them by love. An essential of love also is to be loved by others, for thus is conjunction effected. The essence of all love consists in conjunction, it is indeed its life which is called enjoyment, delight, sweetness, blessedness, happiness and felicity. Love consists in this that its own is another's; and to feel another's joy as joy in oneself, this is to love. But to feel one's joy in another and not the other's joy in oneself, this is not to love, for the latter is loving one's self, the former loving the neighbour. The two kinds of love are diametrically opposed to one another. Either kind of love does indeed conjoin; and it does not appear that to love oneself, that is, to love oneself in another, disjoins. But yet it does disjoin to such a degree that, so far as anyone has loved another in this manner, so far he afterwards hates him. For such a conjunction is by itself successively dissolved, and then, in like measure, the love becomes hatred.

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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

Resources for parents and teachers

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 Our Covenant with God
A covenant is a promise made between two or more people. New Church teachings explain how keeping covenant joins a person with the Lord.
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.
Religion Lesson | Ages over 15

 Overcoming Challenges in Marriage
Most marriages encounter difficulties. New Church teachings offer practical suggestions for overcoming challenges and building stronger marriage relationships.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 Prayers for Adults: Loving the Neighbor
Activity | Ages over 18

 Prayers for Adults: Treasuring Marriage
Activity | Ages over 18

 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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