Voice of the Day: John of the Cross

Weathered Wooden CrossToday’s voice comes from John of the Cross, a Christian writer, thinker, mystic, and spiritual guide:

In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human successes, but on how well we have loved. —John of the Cross

John lived from 1542 to 1591. It’s amazing how relevant this statement—and the fact that it needs to be said—has remained. The apostle Paul wrote “faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” I disagree with John of the Cross in that I believe that as important as love is, we are still saved (judged and deemed righteous) by faith. But this faith works by love. The love we share will continue on when all our earthly possessions have turned to dust, and all of our human successes have been forgotten. I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded of that almost every day.

Hat Tip: Sojourners