Augustine on Two Cities, Two Loves

Pastor Carl quoted from Augustine this past Sunday, and I wanted to share an expanded version of that quote here:

Two cities have been formed by two loves: the earthly by the love of self, even to the contempt of God; and the heavenly by the love of God, even to the contempt of self. The former, in a word, glories in itself, the latter in the Lord. For the one seeks glory from men; but the greatest glory of the other is God, the witness of our conscience. The one lifts up its head in its own glory; the other says to its God, “Thou art my glory, and the lifter up of my head” (Psalm 3:3).

— Augustine, The City of God, Book 14, Chapter 28

May the Lord enable us to live each day as citizens of the city of God, the heavenly kingdom which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God Himself.