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Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine

Chapter 35.--Commendations of Love.

The Apostle Peter, likewise, says, |And, above all things, have fervent love among yourselves: for love shall cover the multitude of sins.| The Apostle James also says, |If ye fulfil the royal law, according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.| So also the Apostle John says, |He that loveth his brother abideth in the right;| again, in another passage, |Whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother; for this is the message which we have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.| Then he says again, |This is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another.| Once more: |And this commandment have we from Him that he who loveth God love his brother also.| Then shortly afterwards he adds, |By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments; for this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.| While, in his second Epistle, it is written, |Not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.|
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