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Celestial love

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[1 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love, celestial: love of good" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": source "Spiritual Experiences, vol.3": detail "Section 3530"
Mutual love in heaven is such that they love the neighbor more than themselves. This can be seen as in a reflected image from true marriage love, in that a husband loves his partner more than himself, undergoes death for her sake, bestows on her all his goods, would rather give to her than have for himself. It can also be seen from the love of parents for their children, evident to everyone, in that a mother would rather suffer hunger herself than let her little child so suffer. The same is true of wild beasts and birds, which look after their offspring before themselves. The same applies again to true friendships, in that people will suffer death for a friend, would rather serve the friend than themselves; then out of common courtesy, which derives from mutual love, showing it outwardly, when people serve others the better portions, taking the poorer ones for themselves. Then also it is seen in the case of deposits and loans, in that those who are upright guard and preserve the neighbor's assets better than their own.
 It is also seen from the very nature of love, which is such that it wishes to give of itself to others, that one's joy is in serving the other, not oneself. When there is a plurality of such, then there is mutual love, because a similar love reciprocates. But they cannot grasp this who love themselves above others and are eager for gain, least of all the greedy. Therefore those having mutual love are images of the Lord.


[2 of 2] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Love, celestial: love of good" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": source "Heaven and Hell": detail "Section 268"
It can be seen how great the wisdom of angels is from the fact that in the heavens there is a communication of all things; intelligence and wisdom are communicated from one to another, and heaven is a common sharing of all goods; and this for the reason that heavenly love is such that it wishes what is its own to be another's; consequently no one in heaven perceives his own good in himself to be good unless it is also in another; and this is the source of the happiness of heaven. This the angels derive from the Lord, for such is his Divine love.