St. Bernard shares that only when one has full understanding of God’s love will they have an obligation to love God back. Those who lack this understanding of the goods of the body and the soul that God provided where considered an “infidel” . The” soul was considered the superior part of ones being”. The soul was also known as the chief goods and the goods were broken into three categories: excellence, intelligence, and virtue. Mankind has been give this free will within him/her and has dominion over all living being which St. Bernard declares is excellence. Mankind has proof of his/her excellence through intelligence but with this him /her known that without God none of this is capable. Lastly, virtue makes mankind seek God. All three of these goods share equal parting in ones understanding of love.
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...at God is our Creator but we know Him as our Redeemer is the one that has repaired us. St. Bernard stated lastly, “What therefore, shall I render to the Lord for all that He hath done for me! By, creating, he gave Himself when He gave Himself to me: first given and then restored, I doubly owe myself to Him.” (26)
God deserves to be loved, just because He loved us first. As Christians, our love to Him is a payment of debt. We should love beyond all measure because of the price was paid for you and me. There are some advantages of the Love God. Christian can see better than those that are blind, we have a daily feeding from God through His word. We are capable of putting on the mind of Christ and we are satisfying with His Love. After understanding God’s love, we are not satisfied with any earthly there comes a peace that passes all understanding; just to name a few.
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