The Four Loves

 

The Four Loves

Paul's Goodreads Review

I'm loving Lewis more and more the more I read him and this book is absolutely brilliant. It details the three "natural loves" of Affection, Friendship and Eros, and investigates how they compare and contrast with, point towards, funnel into, are fulfilled by, and are transformed by Love Himself — our great God. It wraps up by describing how God blesses us with a fourth love, a divine love, which Lewis names Charity.
This book made me reflect on all my relationships and all the people I love, the ways in which I love them, the reasons why I love them, and most magnificently, on the God who himself loves me, the seemingly unlovable "chief of sinners".
 

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A very strange corollary follows. Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry for help?

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Him who can untie things that are now knotted together and tie up things that are still dangling loose.

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Space and time, in their own fashion, mirror His greatness; all life, His fecundity; animal life, His activity.

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Our model is the Jesus, not only of Calvary, but of the workshop, the roads, the crowds, the clamorous demands and surly oppositions, the lack of all peace and privacy, the interruptions. For this, so strangely unlike anything we can attribute to the Divine life in itself, is apparently not only like, but is, the Divine life operating under huma... View Quote


Love ceases to be a demon only when he ceases to be a god

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Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one. I do not see how the ‘fear’ of God could have ever meant to me anything but the lowest prudential efforts to be sa... View Quote


The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift… It must work towards its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous.

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Medicine labours to restore ‘natural’ structure or ‘normal’ function. But greed, egoism, self-deception and self-pity are not un-natural or abnormal in the same sense as astigmatism or a floating kidney. For who, in Heaven’s name, would describe as natural or normal the man from whom these failings were wholly absent? ‘Natural’... View Quote


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