The love whose delight is in essence good
resembles the heat of the sun,
which gives life and fruitfulness
as it works upon a fertile soil, useful trees and crops.
Where its power is felt, a paradise is created,
a garden of Jehovah, a sort of land of Canaan.
The beauty of its truth resembles the sun’s light in springtime,
or light striking a crystal vessel full of lovely flowers,
and giving out fragrance when it is opened.
~ True Christian Religion 38 ~
…love has power through wisdom.
~ True Christian Religion 748 ~
If you are able,
seek to know what is good and what is true,
and think the truth, and do the good.
~ Divine Providence 179 ~
When faith is united to goodwill, it is like the light in spring…
a light united to heat [which] causes trees to grow,
first producing leaves, then flowers, and finally fruit;
it also unlocks and softens the ground
so that it produces grass, plants, flowers, and shrubs;
and it melts ice, so that water flows from its sources again.
The situation with faith and goodwill is absolutely identical…
Faith united to goodwill brings everything to life.
~ True Christianity 385 ~
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways,
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth,
and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth:
it shall not return unto Me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace:
the mountains and the hills
shall break forth before you into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
~ Isaiah 55:8-12 ~
A state of peace is the state of the Lord’s kingdom.
In that state celestial and spiritual things, which are the Lord’s,
exist so to speak in their early morning and their springtime,
for that peace is like the dawn that breaks in the early morning,
and the new life that comes in springtime.
The dawn and the spring
cause everything that reaches the senses at those times
to be full of joy and gladness…
So it is with the state of peace in the Lord’s kingdom.
In a state of peace
everything celestial or spiritual exists so to speak
in its early morn or springtime blossom and cheer,
that is, in its very happiness.
Such is the manner in which the state of peace
affects each particular thing,
for the Lord is Peace itself.
~ Arcana Caelestia 1726 ~