|Explanation of Scriptures|
[4.19] Is it so difficult to love the one who is the Eternal Love Himself, and is it hard to love your own brother? - Oh truly, nothing is easier than that! Take only the world, that ancient plague of the spirit, from your breast, and you will know how sweet and easy it is to love the Eternal Love and love the brother!
[4.20] But it is certainly difficult to love Eternal Love and brother, when the heart is full of the world, full of world accounts, full of money, full of speculation and full of infernal mathematics, which knows how to calculate on the spot, what a penny has to throw off by percentages in the course of usury in a year.
[4.21] Indeed, where the heart of this art is full, the "Lord, Lord!" Will not help much, and the way, the truth and the life will be so narrow and thorny that it will hardly ever be able to be transformed!
[4.22] What good is reading a thousand and another thousand books that are ever so full of truth? Will they bring to life someone who is daily concerned to stuff his heart more and more day by day with all the ungratefulness of the world?!
[4.23] Tell me, will anyone of you be able to father children with a statue?! Or will a still, artificially painted seed germinate, if you put it in the soil? - Certainly neither one nor the other! The living can only live again with the living; So even the living Word can bring fruit only in the living heart.
[4.24] For the spiritually dead man, however, the living Word is nothing but a painted seed, and he may scatter countless such grains, yet he will never obtain a fruit; because he does not enliven the Word, the Word does not become alive in him either.
[4.25] But he who listens only a little and does so, he is a doer of the Word, and seeks the kingdom of God truly, and everything else is given to him. - I mean, that's clear too; but next, on to more central suns!
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