Emotional Love vs. Spiritual Love

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, I’ve been reading and quoting Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s profound book “Life Together.”  Here’s a quote I hope you enjoy:

“Emotional love lives by uncontrolled and uncontrollable dark desires; spiritual love lives in the clear light of service ordered by the truth. Self-centered love results in human enslavement, bondage, rigidity; spiritual love creates the freedom of Christians under the word. Emotional love breeds artificial hothouse flowers; spiritual love creates the fruit that grows healthily under God’s open sky, according to God’s good pleasure in the rain and storm and sunshine.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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