He hath showed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
~ Micah 6:8 ~
All religion has relation to life,
and the life of religion is to do good
~ Doctrine of Life 1 ~
…the life of charity
consists in willing well and doing well to the neighbour,
in acting in every work from justice and equity,
from good and truth,
and in like manner in every office;
in a word, the life of charity consists in performing uses.
~ The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 124 ~
…charity towards the neighbour is nothing else
than a life according to the Lord’s commandments.
~ Arcana Caelestia 3249 ~
…the Lord’s Church
is not in this particular location or in that,
but…it resides wherever people lead lives
in keeping with the commandments of charity…
So it is that the Lord’s Church is spread throughout the whole world,
and yet is one;
for when life constitutes the Church,
and not doctrine separated from life,
there is one Church.
~ Arcana Caelestia 8152 ~
All the sweet harmoniousness in the other life
comes from goodness and charity.
~ Arcana Caelestia 1759 ~
The very delight which dwells in the love of doing good
without any view to reward,
is the reward that remains to eternity;
for heaven and eternal happiness
are instilled into that good by the Lord.
~ The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 156 ~
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers:
for they shall be called the children of God.
~ Matthew 5:3-10 ~