C. S. Lewis on how to love

“The rule for all of us is perfectly simple.

Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.

If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less.

There is, indeed, one exception. If you do him a good turn, not to please God and obey the law of charity, but to show him what a fine forgiving chap you are, and to put him in your debt, and then sit down to wait for his ‘gratitude’, you will probably be disappointed. (People are not fools: they have a very quick eye for anything like showing off, or patronage.)

But whenever we do good to another self, just because it is a self, made (like us) by God, and desiring its own happiness as we desire ours, we shall have learned to love it a little more or, at least, to dislike it less.”

From Mere Christianity Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

"It says in your resume you were created in the image of God. Very impressive."

“It says in your resume you were created in the image of God. Very impressive.”

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10 Responses to C. S. Lewis on how to love

  1. TeachX3 says:

    AMEN sister. Love is a verb, not just a feeling. In today’s ‘feel good world’ people base everything on their feelings… immediate satisfaction to feelings. No critical thinking required, only what one feels. The problem with that is, well, there are more problems with that than I can list, but in this situation, we must realize that we are called (instructed by our Lord God) to love as Christ loves the church and then make that purposeful and thoughtful choice to act on that calling. No feelings required at that moment of choice, just obedience… and the Awesome God we serve will see to it that He takes care of our feelings! AMEN! Oh, and IMO, this is essential for us as individuals so that our hearts do not wax cold, especially as the times become more evil.


    • tannngl says:

      Several years back I did a personal study on 1 John. The most important thing I took away was that we love each other or we aren’t disciples of Jesus and will not see our salvation. Number 2: The only way to love is as Jesus did-by dying for each other. That’s when I realized that love is an action verb not a noun. A husband doesnt just ‘feel’ love for his wife. He helps her, does nice things for her…
      It’s a real life action verb!!!!!


      • TeachX3 says:

        … exactly. AND sometimes, when we do not ‘feel’ like loving, we must DIE TO SELF in order to do so. The Bible, as you have mentioned, has a super huge theme of love… NOT the ‘feel good love’ that people want to claim, but the obedient and Agape Love that comes from God, AMEN!


    • tannngl says:

      Thanks, Teach. ♡


  2. AGAPE….. man was C.S. Lewis on point or what. Why you’d almost believe he was a Christian or something!! 🙂


    • tannngl says:

      Mr. Lewis was such an intellect as well as a Christian who HAD been a confirmed atheist. His intellect lead him to Christianity.
      Just read an article yesterday that said the more intelligent a person is, the more likely they are not Christian. The less intelligent, the more likely they are Christian. Wish they had further illucidated that one.


  3. bullright says:

    A whole lot of wisdom in that. He knew what he was talking about.


    • tannngl says:

      I’m reading Mere Christianity right now. He is amazing. I’m thinking of sending it to an atheist I correspond with. Lewis’s proof of original sin and its effects are difficult to dispel.
      Thanks Froggy, for visiting my blog the many times you have! God bless you!


      • bullright says:

        No, I enjoy your insight. I will look into that one. Presently studying “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, which is pretty good. (not exactly what it sounds like) But Lewis is original stuff.


      • tannngl says:

        And I shall check out “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”. I love to read. Always read books based on recommendations. But the piles in my book case and in my Kindle and iBook are huge! If I ever break my legs again, I’ll be set!


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