On love and living in love

CHRISTIAN LIFE: I met a monk the other day, a Christian Orthodox monk. He said, talking about life as a Christian, that there are three steps in Christian life, or maybe three stages.

Some Christians are slaves.

Other Christians fear for the hell.

What about the third step? These Christians are filled with love. Their love for God has made them free, free to do whatever they wish without fear. They simply love Jesus Christ, love to live with Him every moment in life. With this love within them, they cannot do anything else but love Him and all people they meet.