Love stands weakly at the border.

It is said by some that God has no boundaries regarding us, that He is God and may do with us (and to us) whatever He wills. This, of course, is true in an abstract sense. However, it is not true of God as He has made Himself known in Christ. Christ is a God who “asks.” He is the God who allows a freedom so great that it can kill Him. 
-Fr. Stephen Freeman in “Love and Freedom.”

I had just returned from a talk on the Holy Trinity when I read Fr. Stephen’s article quoted above. Our lecturer told us that the Cappadocian fathers of the 4th century, St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. Gregory of Nyssa, developed the Trinitarian theology of the church from their answers to questions raised by their knowledge of Greek and Hebrew ideas of God. One idea, from the Greeks, was that God is forced by overflowing love to create man, and they did not believe that God is forced to do anything.IMG_0083

So why did He? Because He wanted to give humans the opportunity, the freedom to respond to His love, and by communion with the Holy Spirit to be transformed into true persons .

In another article Fr. Stephen wrote: The knowledge that comes through communion is not a fact to be considered, rather, it is a knowledge that in the very act of knowing becomes part of you. The knower and the known share some manner of common existence.

A last snippet from Love and Freedom: When I have written that Pascha is at the heart of everything (and I believe this faithfully represents the teaching of the Church) this weakness born of love is its consequence. It is the love of God that surrounds us and calls us to be His friends. It seeks us, face to face, even searching for us when we hide. But it is a love that stands weakly at the border of our freedom, and waits for our invitation.

3 thoughts on “Love stands weakly at the border.

  1. This scripture popped into my mind while reading your post, Gretchen Joanna. It’s from Romans 11:

    Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

    How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

    “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”

    “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”

    For from him and through him and for him are all things.

    To him be the glory forever! Amen.

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    1. Kim, I looked up that familiar passage to find out why the quotation marks are where they are, and I learned that one of the two questions is from Isaiah, and one from Job. Truly the witness of the whole of scripture, that only God has existence in Himself — all that we have comes from Him. Also, that passage on the page where I read is set off from the rest of the chapter and labeled “Doxology,” which made me read about the definition of doxology. It was a blessing to have this praise hymn on my computer screen at the beginning of my day. Thank you, Kim! And yes, to Him be the glory forever!

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