Posts Tagged ‘love’

Love is but its outgoing; sin is but its defiance; grace is but its action on sin; the Cross is but its victory; faith is but its worship

January 26, 2010

Holiness cannot be separated from love. “Love” says P.T. Forsyth, “is but its (holiness’) outgoing; sin is but its defiance; grace is but its action on sin; the Cross is but its victory; faith is but its worship.”

David F. Wells, The Courage to be Protestant, IVP, 2008, p.241

Works of charity do most powerfully remove prejudice

September 16, 2009

Experience hath fully proved that works of charity do most powerfully remove prejudice, and open the heart to words of piety. If men see that you are addicted to do good, they will the more easily believe that you are good, and that it is good which you persuade them to. When they see that you love them, and seek their good, they will the more easily trust you.

Richard Baxter, Reformed Pastor, p.152

He impoverishes himself out of love

September 10, 2009

(a Christian) impoverishes himself out of love, so that he is certain he may never overlook a brother in need, especially if he knows he can bear poverty better than his brother. He likewise considers the pain of another as his own pain. And if he suffers any hardship because of having given out of his own poverty, he does not complain.

Clement of Alexandria, A.D. 190, misc. bk.4, ch.7

Drug use and the search for meaning

September 9, 2009

Young people are free to conquer the world, and they don’t want it. Material prosperity has not made life meaningful. The hunger for love and real meaning are the forces behind the psychedelic revolution…The (drug) experience is as far removed from Reality as is a mirage from water…But the search is real enough.

Dr. Allan Cohen, one of the originators of the psychedelic movement, in Michael Green, Jesus Spells Freedom, p.36

We must only love God, and we must only hate ourselves.

September 4, 2009

We must only love God, and we must only hate ourselves. These two laws are enough to rule the whole Christian republic better than all political laws.


“Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Rom.13.10

Hating sin for the sinner’s sake

September 3, 2009

For a long time, C.S. Lewis reports, he could never understand the hairsplitting distinction of hating a person’s sin and hating the sinner. How could you hate what a man did, and not hate the man? Lewis says, ‘But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had been doing this all my life–namely myself. However much I might dislike my own cowardice or conceit or greed, I went on loving myself. There had never been the slightest difficulty about it. In fact the very reason why I hated the things is that I loved the man. Just because I loved myself, I was sorry to find that I was the sort of man who did those things.’ “

What’s So Amazing About Grace – Yancey, pp.280-281

Intellectual Pride

September 3, 2009

I am quite indifferent to the mass of human creatures; though I wish, as a purely intellectual problem, to discover some way in which they might all be happy. I wouldn’t sacrifice myself to them though their unhappiness, at moments, about once in three months, gives me a feeling of discomfort, and an intellectual desire to find a way out….I live mostly for myself–everything has for me, a reference to my own education. I care for very few people, and have several enemies–two or three at least whose pain is delightful to me. I often wish to give pain, and when I do, I find it pleasant for a moment. I feel myself superior to most people, and only pity myself at rare intervals, when I am tired out. I used to pity myself at all times and deeply. I believe in happiness and I am happy. I enjoy work immensely. I wish for fame among the expert few, but my chief desire–the desire by which I regulate my life–is a purely self-centered desire for intellectual satisfaction about things that puzzle me.

Bertrand Russell, Ray Monk, vol.1., p.120

‘Knowledge puffs up but love builds up’ (1 Cor.8.1)

Love – A much abused word

September 3, 2009

No love is greater than the love of pizza

seen on back of pizza take-away box

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.

Well, love is all around me, and so the feeling grows

The Troggs

By contrast

(God’s) love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the WORST about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me

J.I. Packer, Knowing God, p.45

Laying Down our life

July 30, 2009

Irene Gut Opdyke…once she became aware of the plight of Jews, was determined to save them no matter what the costs. For years, Gut’s rescuing relationships were central to her life and to her being.

Irene Gut, as a nineteen-year-old nursing student, had become aware of the plight of the Jews from the moment she pushed back the curtains from the window of the hotel in Radom where she worked as a waitress for the Nazi Major Ruegemer. She had seen the misery of the Jews in the ghetto outside and could not forget that misery. Irene and her sister left food for the Jews, but when the Nazis closed down the ghetto behind her hotel, they could only watch in helpless horror from across the street.

One day she and her sister heard shooting. Major Ruegemer, seeing how upset Irene and her sister were at what they had just witnessed, excused them from the day’s work. As the two headed home, they heard still more shooting.

They followed a group of Gestapo to the edge of town. There Gut and her sister saw a mass of shallow graves. The gestapo stood people in front of the graves and opened fire with machine guns. “The earth was shaking with the breath of those who had been buried alive,” Gut recalled. That day, that moment, Gut made a covenant with God. She asked Him for the opportunity to do something. “I asked God to give me responsibility, to bring me the opportunity to help, even if my own life should be taken,” she said.

Gut’s first rescue activity, that of leaving food at the ghetto fence, was motivated by an empathy and a conviction that these were human beings like her, not something “other.’ She saw that these people were suffering, and her sense of humanity compelled her to….”

The punishment for harbouring Jews in Poland was death

Fear of the Lord

December 12, 2008

And if we are ever to grow reverent again, we must love more. There never was a time when so much was spoken and written about Christian love. If we loved more and said less about it, we might revive our dying reverence. Oh, how much of our so-called love to Jesus is spurned by an infinite God because the feeling of reverence is not in it. It is so easy to talk of leaning on Jesus’ bosom. It is so easy to forget that he who leaned on Jesus’ bosom fell down at Jesus’ feet as dead. I plead for more love, not to increase, but to remove that light familiarity that blots our Christian service. From: Devotional Sermons: George H. Morrison)