Love in its essence is spiritual fire.Love consists in desiring to give what is our own to another and feeling his delight as our own.The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.
But such are not intelligent but insane in spiritual things, because they do not will good but evil, consequently they are averse to knowing and understanding truths, for truths favor good and oppose evil. From all this it is clear that the first step in the new birth is a reception of truths by the understanding, and the second is the will to act in accordance with truths, and finally to practice them. No one, however, can be said to be reformed by mere knowledges of truth; for man is able to acquire these and to talk about, teach, and preach them through his ability to elevate his understanding, above the love of his will. But he is a reformed man who has an affection for truth for the sake of truth; for this affection conjoins itself with the will, and if it goes on it conjoins the will to the understanding, and then regeneration begins. But how regeneration afterward advances and is perfected, will be told in what follows. True Christian Religion, #589
“The Lord never judges anyone except from good; for He desires to raise all into heaven… for the Lord is mercy itself and good itself, [thus] can never condemn anyone; but it is the person who condemns themself, because they reject good. “