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On Love

Just heard a discussion about "Who do you love more: your family or the refugees?" (BBC Radio 4, The Moral Maze, 7 November 2015). The poser of the question kept bullying the interviewee to choose one or the other.

Genuine love is not a quantitative amount, which can be compared with 'more' or 'less'. Rather, love is attitude in action. Love is not 'being-nice-to-people' or favouring people; love is an attitude of self-giving in me towards all others, whether family or refugees. There are many ways to 'be loving' to others.

So, for example, if I were to give of myself to get my family involved in helping refugees, then I am loving my family by involving them and offering them the privilege of loving. And we together are loving the refugees.

Love builds up character and personality, rather than just giving nice things. Love respects the other as a full person.

As Paul once wrote: Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

These are attitude in action, and cannot be measured as more or less.

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Created: 7 November 2015. Last updated: