Patricia Hofer

CS Lewis: “…our feelings come and go, His love for us does not.”

CS Lewis: “But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him. (CS Lewis, Mere Christianity, 102-103)

This statement from Lewis’ chapter “Charity” is his concluding thought on the variable nature of our love for God and for our fellow human beings. And my experience is that I will come to love at least some part of everyone eventually, if I let the Lord be the one I’m serving. It is his presence in our hearts and in our lives that changes everything. Lewis, with his almost brutal honesty and directness, describes Christian charity this way: “The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he ‘likes’ them: the Christian, trying to treat every one kindly, finds himself liking more and more people as he goes on—including people he could not even have imagined himself liking at the beginning” (102). (Driving into the Dawn, chapter 28)

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