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us, to love God with the heart and with the soul, we understand it at once; for these are disposed to love. But how can we love with the

The mind has been given us to think, to ponder and to understand. How can it be an organ of love, an instrument on which love can mind?

play its holy melodies? As a rule it does not impress us, because in reading this commandment no attention is paid to it. No account is made of it. The task of investigating the several parts of this first and great commandment is not taken seriously. In reading it over hastily we take it to mean that we should use the mind in the service of God, and leave the heart and the soul the task to love. But this It does not say that the mind must is not so. serve God; that we must direct our thought to God; that with the mind we must come to a clear confession of God, nor how we should direct the working of the mind to God. It declares clearly and plainly that with the mind we must love God. Jesus includes all religion in the one great idea of love, which love must penetrate and pervade every part of our human personality. From the soul it must have dominion not oiiiy in the heart, but also in the mind, and must bring it to pass that all our vital forces are led by this one supreme motive of love for God. The mind here does not mean simply logical thought, clear judgment and learned concepts, but the whole glorious endowment of our consciousness, including representation, imagination

and intellectual 'Towers" are stronger powers

activity. also a": work in nature. Far than in us. But though nature 208

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 212

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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