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Cruciform love

Yesterday I (re)read most of Michael Gorman‘s excellent book, Cruciformity. Gorman’s paraphrase of Paul’s encomium to love in 1 Corinthians 13 stuck out to me in a new way:

Cruciform love is faith in action. It does not seek its own good but the good of others. Indeed, for the good of others it renounces the use of certain rights. Cruciform love edifies others and never harms them, not even enemies. It never retaliates or uses violence. Cruciform love welcomes diversity. It is not judgmental, but neither is it tolerant of values antithetical to the cross, and at times it can be tough.

Cruciform love is hospitable and generous, especially to the poor and weak — those marginalized or rejected by others. If it has worldly status, it becomes downwardly mobile in order to life others up. It gives of itself and its material possessions. Cruciform love, in a word, continues the story of the cross in new times and places. Cruciform love is imaginative. (p. 267)

It is truly my hope, cry, and prayer that this sort of cruciform love, this truly radical agape will come to more fully define my life and the way I do theology. Thanks to Michael for the powerful words, words that shake me from the many compulsions and self-seeking movements I succumb to.


  1. Chris Donato wrote:

    And let it be said again: “If it has worldly status, it becomes downwardly mobile in order to lift others up.”

    Would that our Christian celebrities own this.

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 10:34 am | Permalink
  2. dan wrote:

    And our Christian academics.

    Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Permalink
  3. Geoff wrote:

    And theo-bloggers

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink
  4. roger flyer wrote:

    and Roger, Chris, Dan and Geoff.

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  5. dan wrote:

    I assumed we were all included in the categories already mentioned by Geoff and I.

    Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

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