These Are the Two Loves

These  are the two loves…the first is social, the second is selfish; the first consults the common welfare for the sake of the celestial (heavenly) society, the second grasps at a selfish control of social affairs for the sake of arrogant domination; the fist is submissive to God, the second tries to rival God; the first is quiet, the second restless; the first is peaceful, the second, trouble-making; the first prefers truth to the praises of those who are in error, the second is greedy for praise, however it might be obtained…Accordingly, the two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self.

– Augustine, The CIty of God

as quoted by  Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 250-251

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You Drove Them From Me

How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose…!  You drove them from me, you who are the true, sovereign joy.  You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, though not to flesh and blood, you who outshine all light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honor, though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves… O Lord my God, my Kight, my Wealth, and my Salvation.

Augustine on his conversion

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 16

I Did Not Persist in Enjoyment

I was astonished that although I now love you…I did not persist in enjoyment of my God.  Your beauty drew me to you, but soon I was dragged away from you by my own weight and in dismay I plunged again into the things of this world…As though I had sensed the fragrance of the fare but was not yet able to eat it.

– Augustine, on the enjoyment of God

as quoted by Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 14