We are considering the statement made by Charles G. Finney which says, “…love…consists in choosing the highest good of God and of universal being, for its own intrinsic value, in a spirit of entire consecration to this as the ultimate end of existence.”
In this post I will focus on explaining the idea that we are to choose the highest good “…for its own intrinsic value…”
“Intrinsic” means that something true, genuine, real, right or valuable regardless of the view or feeling we have about it. There is an inherent reality to it in contrast to an assigned or created (made up) aspect. The pursuit of the highest good is right regardless of how we feel or how it might affect us in the present / immediate. Pursuing one’s personal self-interest or the preference of a “special interest group,” which often governs human choice, will not produce the same value or arrive at the same end. Of course, it is possible that the highest good and self-interest can overlap, but even in such cases, the aim is the highest good of God and the human race in general.