It is indeed that our spirituality will never surpass our ethics. It takes a great deal of inner security and corage to be able to risk one's self in understanding others.
Love, hate, and fear are strong motivators. Hate is a common response in human relations. An ethical person does not hate others. Hate creates hostility, terror and fear; but it could also refer to the conscious establishment of priorities. In Christianity, one should hate one’s personal life to gain eternal life (John 12: 26). Fear for life, death, nature, or people, is a strong negative reaction that paralyze and discourage; but “it can be also a useful emotion when it leads to appropriate caution or measures that would guard one’s welfare” (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 2003). Christians understand the fear of the Lord for the moral benefits of wisdom and the knowledge of God who is all love (Proverb 2: 1-5). However, love does not take the place of ethics or law. Love is not itself ethics or the law. It is a “how” word, but it will never tell us “what” we are to do.
Love, hate, and fear carry with them the expectation of obedience. Only love gives trust and good willing and cheerful obedience rather than coerced and forced compliance, and that is a fresh start to do an ethical act without being obligated.
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