I recently had jury service, and although I didnt end up partaking in a trial, the bus rides to and from the city and the sometimes lenghty times of simply waiting, gave me the oppertunity to do some relaxing reading. So I decided to read the works of some of the 'Apostolic Fathers' as found in Maxwell Staniforth's Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers (Penguin, 1968, 1975). Iv'e decided to post those that I found interesting or challenging.
The first is from Ignatius of Antoich's Epistle to the Magnesians. Loving each other can often be a difficult thing, especially when the Other has caused us hurt in some way. Here are some wise words, which once again point to a truly valuable sort of love, that which looks beyond oneself for the sake of the Other:
Everyone should observe closest conformity with God; you must show every consideration for one another, never letting your attitude to a neighbour be affected by your human feelings, but simply loving each other consistently in the spirit of Jesus Christ.
(Ignatius of Antioch, The Epistle to the Magnesians, 6)