The condition of being in God's love and in union with God is to keep the Gospel commandments. Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (108, 519).
Not to keep the commandments of Christ means not to love God and His Christ. A sign of love is observance of the commandments in the patience of the sufferings of Christ even before death. St. Basil the Great (6, 309).
Who are those who say, "We ate and drank before you ..." and hear in response: "I do not know you" (Luke 13, 26-27)? Maybe those about whom the apostle wrote: "If I speak with the languages of men and angels ... and I have all the knowledge and all the faith ... and if I give all my possessions and give my body for burning, but I have no love, there is no use for me in that "(1Cor. 13, 1-3). The apostle of the Lord, who spoke of those who do good deeds, is taught this "before men so that they can see" them, that they "already receive their reward" (Matthew 6, 1-2). For it is not for love of God, but for the praise of men, whatever it is, does not find praise for the veneration of God, but condemnation for a man-house, for self-rule, or for perseverance, or envy, or for any similar guilt. Therefore, the Lord calls all such things a matter of untruth, when he said: "We ate and drank before you" answers: "Depart from me, all the doers of iniquity" (Luke 13, 27). And how are not "doers of iniquity" those who abuse the gifts of God to gain their own pleasures? Such, for example, were those opposed by the apostle of the faithful: "We do not damage the word of God as many" (2 Corporation 2, 17); and those "who think that piety serves for profit" (1Time 6, 5), and many others like that. From all this, the same apostle himself showed himself to be pure: "Pleasing not to men, but to God, who tests our hearts. For we never had before us a word of caress, as you know, no sort of self-interest: God is witness! We do not seek the glory of man either from you or from others "(1Fes 2, 4-6). St. Basil the Great (116, 167).
Whoever loves money is ignited by perishable bodily beauty, prefers real glory, he, having exhausted the power of love for what should not be, becomes blind to contemplating the truly beautiful.St. Basil the Great (4, 274).
Time for love of God - all life, and time for alienation from the enemy - the whole life (18, 344).
For those who love God, the work of fulfilling commandments is convenient and enjoyable, because love for Him makes the feat easy and joyful. Therefore, the crafty one, in every way, is strengthened to expel the fear of the Lord from our souls and destroy his love for Him with criminal pleasures. For he has great art, if he finds the guards careless, to seize the time and invade the labors of virtue and plant his tares among the wheat: scandal, pride, vanity, desire for honor and other works of evil (23, 227).
To one who has reason turned to this world and takes his soul to please people, it is impossible to be the executor of the first and great commandment of the Lord, who commands to love God with all his heart and with all his might. For how can God love with all his heart and power the one who divided his heart between God and the world and, by stealing love, belonging to God alone, is wasting it on human passions? (23, 330).
He who betrayed all his heart and soul and mind to God and is not tied to anything else, which is the subject of care in this life, is in the highest degree of love. Saint Gregory of Nyssa (24, 306).
If one neglects the first and great commandment-about the love of God, which, with the help of God, is formed in us out of inner disposition, good conscience and sound thoughts about God, and will take care of the second, only external service, he can not perform this service purely and sensibly (27, 337).
Who loves humility, easy to love and to God, who loves pride, he hates God. Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (28, 117).
Those who aspire to our beloved Lord Christ the Lord must despise everything else. The Monk Makarios of Egypt (33, 119).
And spiritual action can cause great harm when done not for God; on the contrary, and the worldly business can bring great benefits to the one who commits it for the love of God (35, 777).
Who flames with divine love and through observance of the commandments acquires peace with God, those, even all who take up arms against them, spend a blessed life (39, 826).
Whoever says that he loves God, but who surrenders even to an easy vice or likes something ordinary, he deceives himself, because, as James says, "friendship with the world is enmity against God" (James 4, 4) (39, 933).
To love God is to love one's neighbor, and love to one's neighbor has its fruit-keeping the commandments (41, 719).
Love is not in empty words ... but in deeds: for example, in relieving people of poverty, helping the sick, freeing themselves from dangers, patronizing those in difficulties, crying with weeping and rejoicing with the rejoicing (43, 557).
As for those who love God and what seems to be harmful, turns in favor, so those who do not love Him harm and useful (43, 679).
Just as a soul without a body or, conversely, a body without a soul does not bear the name of a person, also a love for God, if it is not accompanied by love for one's neighbor, is not love and, conversely, love for one's neighbor, if it does not unite with love to God, is not called love (43, 995).
True love is enjoyed by those who orthodoxly think about the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and nurture mutual love for each other (43, 996).
As love (to Christ), when it is strong, casts out and destroys all kinds of sins, so surely when it is weak, it allows them to grow (44, 449).
It is not enough to testify to love for Him only in words, it is necessary to show it and deeds, because He Himself manifested His love for us not only with words, but with deeds. St. John Chrysostom (44, 727).
Love is born of humility and reverence. Reverend Neil of Sinai (48, 330).
It is impossible for a person with a commitment to peace to gain love for God ... Reverend Isaac the Syrian (55, 156).
There is nothing in the world that could separate from the love of God the heart in which she lived. Rev. Abba Isaiah (82, 194).
If we do not completely disregard the life of our own and our own body, with readiness for the most martyrdom ... and all death, having completely expelled from memory everything that is serving to maintain the life of this body, we can not become friends of Christ and his brothers, or co-participants He, nor his co-heirs, will never come to contemplation and an experienced knowledge of the sacraments of God (61, 60).
Whoever does not love God with all his heart and does not show this love by rejecting himself and the whole world, he will not be able to mysteriously see Him through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, will not have Him and his head, but remains a body, dead and immobile in spiritual affairs deprived of life all - of Christ. Reverend Simeon the New Theologian (61, 416).
The love of God must be based on the living knowledge of the highest perfection of God and the benefits that are bestowed upon us from God. ... The necessary property of our love for God must be that we love God most of all - with love full and constant, with all our heart and with all our soul. Such love is ours when we neither in heaven nor on earth find anybody and nothing above God and for Him we are ready to sacrifice everything - and life itself. Bishop Theophan the Recluse. A short teaching on the worship of God. M., 1908, p. 23, 24.
The essence of Christianity in conjunction with the Lord is essential, but who is in this combination, can not love the Lord? If anyone does not love the Lord, it is a direct sign that he is not in union with Him; and if he does not belong to him in union, he is alien to Christianity, alien to the Body of the Church, excommunicated himself from it, although it bears the name of a Christian. He's the same. Interpretation of the first Epistle of the holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. M., 1893, p. 627.
He who loves God, speaks of Him only willingly and converses, and hastily inclines to Him every conversation and, when he begins to talk about Him, can not speak; it is only pleasant for him to be where the speeches about God and His deeds are conducted.
... Whoever loves the Lord, he willingly hastens to the temple of God, where the Lord reveals His special presence, where believers enter into the nearest communion with the saints of God, in images represented to their eyes, and hear the word of Him.
... He who loves the Lord does not depart from the thought of Him, and when he only regains his freedom, he mentally addresses Him warmly and from the heart converses with Him.
... Whoever loves the Lord, he tries in every possible way to please Him by the fulfillment of His holy will. Bishop Theophan the Recluse. God-pleasing life in general. M., 1899, p. 23, 25, 50-52.
Love God the way He commanded to love Him, and not the way that His self-deceived dreamers think to love. Do not write yourself delights, do not drive your nerves, do not inflame yourself ... the flame of your blood (108, 129).
To love God and in God - neighbor, it is necessary to be cleansed of cattle-like lust (108, 256).
Man becomes capable of the love of God from the fulfillment of love for his neighbor; in a state of aspiration by the whole being to God is erected by prayer (108, 518).
It is impossible to love God except as a heart, purified and sanctified by divine grace. Love of God is the gift of God: it flows into the souls of the true servants of God through the action of the Holy Spirit (109, 52).
The premature desire to develop in oneself a feeling of love for God is already self-delusion. It immediately removes from the proper service to God, ends with damage and death of the soul (109, 53).
The fulfillment of the Savior's commandments is the only sign of love for God accepted by the Savior (109, 67-68).
If we desire to gain love for God, we will love the gospel commandments; sell our lusts and addictions, we will buy the village - our heart - with the price of renunciation of ourselves ... we cultivate it with commandments and find the hidden treasure of heaven - love. What awaits us in this village? We are expecting works and illnesses; we are expected by a foe who will not easily yield to us a victory over himself; we are expected to resist the sin of us living in us (109, 68).
Whoever does the will of God because of the fear of torture, he is still a newborn ... Another person does the will of God because of the very love of God ... This love brings him into perfect fear, because he strives and adheres to the will of God not for in order to avoid (eternal) torment, but because, having tasted the very sweetness of being in God, is afraid to fall away, is afraid to lose it (109, 66-67).
Love is born from purity of heart, unblemished conscience and unfeigned faith (109, 137).
Correct love for oneself consists in the fulfillment of the life-giving Christ commandments: "This is love for God, that we keep his commandments" (1IN 5, 3), "said John the Theologian.Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (111, 260).