"The Lord Jesus Christ visited the earth in power and humility, in order to teach men to love God and man. Men are powerless in themselves; love for God fills them with power. Men are proud in themselves; love for mankind fills them with humility. Love for man comes from love for God. Humility comes from a sense of divine power. All love for men without love for God is false, and all other power but that of God is proud and powerless. But men have chosen a third thing, that is neither love for God nor love for men--they have chosen self-love, and this is a barrier that separates them from God and from men, leaving them completely isolated."
"Loving only himself, a man loves neither God nor his fellow men. He does not even love the man that is in himself; he loves only his thoughts about himself, his illusions about himself."
St. Nikolai Velimiroƈ, from his commentary on Luke 13:10-17 "On the Twisted Body and the Twisted Souls"