Chapter

Love's Debt

M. Jamie Ferreira

in Love's Grateful Striving

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195130256
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195130251.003.0009
 Love's Debt

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God's love for us – a radical gift – entails that we have an “infinite debt” of love to others. This notion excludes the idea of love as repayment; it is, moreover, a fulfillable duty, because Christ fulfilled it and because we are called to imitate Christ. It is feasible as long as we distinguish between the completion of our duty (which we cannot achieve) and the loving performance of it at a given moment (which we can achieve). Although the command generates “offense,” the “as yourself” reinstates limits on self‐sacrifice; justice is one such limit.

Keywords: explanation; forgiveness; mitigating; reconciliation; relationship; self‐deception

Chapter.  11100 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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