Freedom to Love or Not

From an email by Fred Rogers written on 25 Oct 1998, quoted in Tom Junod's December 2019 article "My Friend Mister Rogers" in The Atlantic:

God's nature has grown and grown and grown all through the ages. Yet at the heart of the original creation is that Word (call it Love, call it Grace, call it Peace ...), that essence which is lodged somewhere within each of us that longs for ultimate expression. If we choose to allow it to grow we'll be given help. If we choose otherwise we won't be forced. If there is such a thing as a "dark corner" of God's nature then I think it's God's refusal to go back on the promise of "the creation's freedom to love or not."

(cf 2018-09-10 - Thank You, Mr Rogers, 143 (2019-11-28), 2, 3 (2020-01-04), Love Abounds (2020-01-06), Mantra - Greater Love (2020-02-21), ...) - ^z - 2020-02-28