The divine impulse of love

We owe our existence to deeds of love wrought in the past. The strength with which we have been endowed by these deeds of love is the measure of our deep debt to the past, and whatever love we may at any time be able to bring forth is payment of debts owed for our existence. In the light of this knowledge we shall be able to understand the deeds of a man who has reached a high stage of development, for he has still greater debts to pay to the past. He pays his debts through deeds of love, and herein lies his wisdom. The higher the stage of development reached by a man, the more does the impulse of love in him increase in strength; wisdom alone does not suffice….

…If we try to discover the source of whatever is creative we come to love; love is the ground, the foundation of everything that lives. It is by a different impulse in evolution that beings are led to become wiser and more powerful. Progress is attained through wisdom and strength. Study of the course taken by the evolution of humanity shows us how the development of wisdom and strength is subject to change: there is progressive evolution and then the Christ Impulse which once poured into humankind through the Mystery of Golgotha. Love did not, therefore, come into the world by degrees; love streamed into humanity as a gift of the Godhead, in complete, perfect wholeness. But human beings can receive the impulse into themselves only gradually. The divine impulse of love as we need it in earthly life is an impulse that came once and forever.

~ Rudolf Steiner from the lecture, “Love and its Meaning in the World”

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