Spirituality, Hope, Compassion, and Forgiveness: Contributions of Pentecostal Spirituality to Godly Love
Love of God and one’s neighbor is a virtue that is at the center of Christianity (Luke 10:27). Recent theorists have explored the potential link between love of God and benevolence toward people in a model identified as godly love (e.g., Exline, 2012; Poloma, 2012). Using available measures of spirituality and one constructed measure of spiritual empowerment, we found support for the godly love model in a Pentecostal sample. Based on the results of hierarchical regression, love of God, viewed as attachment to God, religiosity and hope, significantly explained benevolence, or neighborly love, when operationally defined by measures of compassion and forgiveness. In addition, a spiritual empowerment index of Pentecostal experience significantly contributed to explaining benevolence beyond that accounted for by other variables.