Tuesday, March 6, 2018

His love is bottomlessly selfless (C. S. Lewis)

   God has no needs.  Human love, as Plato teaches us, is the child of Poverty – of want or lack; it is caused by a real or supposed goal in its beloved which the lover needs and desires.  But God’s love, far from being caused by goodness in the object, causes all the goodness which the object has, loving it first into existence, and then into real, though derivative, lovability.  God is Goodness.  He can give good, but cannot need or get it.  In that sense, His love is, as it were, bottomlessly selfless by very definition; it has everything to give, and nothing to receive.
--C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

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