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Joe Rose

It is said that we can't force ourselves to 'love' i.e feel the emotion of love, but we can control our actions, and that is why in Christianity we are commanded to 'love' our enemies! Love from a Christian perspective, is a 'choice' revealed in action, love is as love does. And, as Prager asserts, our emotions are affected by our actions. I am reminded of a story told by Abraham Lincoln. He said that whenever he wanted someone to like him, he would ask that person to do him, Lincoln, a favor. The psychology being that when someone does something nice for you, they have a more kindly feeling toward you, perhaps because they feel better about themselves as a result of having performed an act of kindness.

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