“Love is where the other persons happiness is more important than your own.” H. Jackson Brown
I can love only when I meet you where you are, as you are, and treat you there as if you were where you ought to be. I see you where you are, striving and struggling, and in the light of the highest possibility of your personality. I deal with you there.
My own religious faith is insistent that this can be done only out of life of devotion. I must cultivate the inner spiritual resources of my life to such a point that I can bring you to my sanctuary, before His presence, until, at last, I do not know you from myself. The discipline of the heart and the mind and the desire may become a lung through which God breathes. Therefore, if I say I love God and don’t love you – I lie. If I say I love you and don’t love God – I lie. Howard Thurman
“If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” 1 John 4:20-21 (NASB)