The action of Love

∼ Words from the Church Fathers ∼

Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you, for this is not possible if you do not attain love for Him, which is demonstrated by deeds. As for mere faith: “The demons also believe and tremble” (James, 2:19). The action of love consists in heartfelt good deeds toward one’s neighbour, magnanimity, patience, and sober use of things.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love, 1.39-40

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If you find that there is no love in you, but you want to have it, then do deeds of love, even though you do them without love in the beginning. The Lord will see your desire and striving, and will put love in your heart.

St. Ambrose of Optina

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