On 1 John 4.4-12
THIS WORLD, for all the faithful seeking their homeland, is just as the desert was for the people of Israel. They were indeed still wandering about and seeking their homeland; but with God as their leader they could not wander astray. God's command was the way for them. For while they were going about for forty years, the journey itself is accomplished in a very few stages and is known to all. They were held in delay because they were being trained, not because they were abandoned. What God promises us, therefore, is ineffable sweetness and good, as Scripture says, and you have often heard as we have recalled it: "what the eye has not seen nor the ear heard nor has it arisen into the heart of man."1. But we are trained by temporal labors and instructed by the temptations of the present life. But if you do not wish to die of thirst in this desert, drink love. It is the fount that the Lord wished to put here in order that we may not faint on the way.2. And we shall drink of it more abundantly when we come to the homeland.
(2) The Gospel has just now been read. To speak of the very words with which the reading was ended, what else have you heard about except love? For indeed we made a pact with our God in the prayer, that if we wish him to forgive us our sins, we also should forgive the sins that have been committed against us.3. But nothing forgives but love. Take love away from the heart; hatred takes hold of it; it knows not how to forgive. Let love be there, it forgives without anxiety as it is not straitened. But his whole epistle that we have undertaken to expound to you--see if it recommends anything other than love itself alone. And one need not fear that by [our] speaking____________________