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Love Is Lacking

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Love is everything, ethically speaking, according to the Bible. Hence it is so important that we understand what Christian love really is. Paul describes it in many ways in 1 Corinthians 13, “the love chapter,” poetic in its beauty. Let us focus on verse five where he tells us what love is not. Perhaps we are prone to think love may be consistent with these things, which Paul denies.

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The Cross of Christ

jc-ryle-hg-contJ.C. Ryle

Let others, if they will, preach the law and morality; let others hold forth the terrors of hell, and the joys of heaven; let others drench their congregations with teachings about the sacraments and the church; give me the cross of Christ!

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Love Edifies Christ’s Church, Part II

spire2Nathaniel Vincent

(6) Love is the fulfilling of the Law, the doing of which is so much for our neighbor’s benefit. “He that loveth another hath fulfilled the law” (Rom 13:8). As love for God includes the whole First Table of the Law, so love for our neighbor includes the Second: with reason [it is] called “the fulfilling of the law,” for it causes an affectionate and obedient respect unto every commandment of the Second Table. And there is not one of these precepts [that is not] hugely for the good of mankind.

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How to Have God’s Guidance in Everyday Life | John Newton, Letter 28/41

pastor-d-scott-meadowsJohn Newton

Pastor John Newton takes up an immensely practical question in this 28th letter of 41 on religious subjects: discerning God’s will for decision-making.

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Love Edifies Christ’s Church, Part I

church-spireNathaniel Vincent

How can one who loves the Lord Jesus in sincerity choose but to love all saints, though of different persuasions, since, notwithstanding that difference, they are all so dear to Him that He gave His life as a ransom for them all? The blood of God was shed for every one of them that there might be a price paid sufficient for their redemption…The Apostle Peter gives this charge in 1 Peter 4:8: “Above all things have fervent charity among yourselves.”

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Christ’s Love is the Source

071320151439-SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon

The love of Christ operates upon us by begetting in us love to Him…Oh, we love Jesus! Brothers and sisters, we truly love Him. His name is sweet as the honeycomb, and His word is precious as the gold of Ophir. His person is very dear to us. From His head to His foot, He is altogether lovely. When we get near Him and see Him at the last, methinks we shall swoon away with excess of joy at the sight of Him!

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It is foretold by our Lord Jesus Christ that in the last days the “love of many shall wax cold” (Mat 24:12). Truly, this is the symptom of a decaying, fading Christian and church. Love is the vital spirits of a Christian, which are the principles of all motion and lively operation. When there is a [failure] in these, the soul is in decay. It is so comprehensive an evil, as alone is sufficient to make an evil time. Besides, it is the argument and evidence, as well as the root and fountain, of abounding iniquity because this is the epidemical disease of the present time: love cooled and passion heated. [From these] proceed all the feverish distempers, contentions, wars, and divisions that have brought the church of God near to expiring. Therefore, being mindful of that of the Apostle (Heb 10:24), I would think it pertinent to consider one another and provoke again unto love and to good works.

—Hugh Binning

Let us turn all our censuring into praying. Let us pray to God that He would quench the fire of contention and increase the fire of fraternal love among us. Let us pray that the Lord would heal our schisms and repair our breaches, that He would make us like the cherubim with our faces looking one upon another.

—Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

We must love because of the excellency of this grace! It is a lovely grace. All the other graces seem to be eclipsed unless love shines and sparkles forth in them. Faith itself has no beauty unless it works by love. The tears of repentance are not pure unless they flow from the spring of love. Love is the jewel Christ’s bride wears. It is the diamond in the ring of graces. This is the grace that seasons all our actions and makes them savory. Love is like musk among linen that perfumes it. So love makes all our religious services a sweet odor to God (Eph 5:2).

—Thomas Watson (1620-1686)

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