Truth and love

Mr. Barclay, again, on the beginning of 2 John: (i) Christian truth tells us the way in which we ought to love. Agape (Greek #26) is the word for Christian love. Agape (Greek #26) is not passion with its ebb and flow, its flicker and its flame; nor is it an easy-going and indulgent sentimentalism. … Read More

God is love

J.R Miller wrote this story in a devotional thought based upon Lk 2.12. Yes! that is the meaning of it all. It tells of the good will of God toward all men. There is a strange medieval legend which illustrates this truth. An infidel knight, in the wildness of his mad, Heaven-defying infidelity, determined to … Read More

7P: True love serves

Eddie Lawson’s evangelistic sheet turned up recently while moving papers to the home office. Thinking how to translate it into Portuguese and format it for use. A second box of books has been removed from the carport containers and contents distributed on the shelves. I mentioned Covey’s 8th habit of finding your voice recently and … Read More

God’s family

One more lesson tonight in the “Divine Initiative” series here in Chillicothe OH, on “The Family of God.” The Lord’s grace gives us community. We cannot survive alone. We need each other. God created us as social beings, as souls who need fellowship for growth and service. The key word is love. The spiritual family … Read More

Closer to God

The closer you are to the people of God, the closer you will be to God. Arms-length faith is a dying faith. Punch-card religion knows nothing of the Lord. Those who would walk closely and continually with the Lord must often be in the presence of of Christ’s church. To love in deed and action … Read More

Chiasmus in 1 Peter 3.8

So it would appear there’s a chiasmus in 1 Pet 3.8, with similar ideas mirrored in the five elements: Finally, all of you, have A. unity of mind, B. sympathy, X. brotherly love, B’. a tender heart, and A’. a humble mind. The ESV quote above appears to reflect in the translation of the terms … Read More

Live in love

Let all that you do be done in love, wrote the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians. One who has no love for the Lord is accursed, he said. Last, he transmits his love to all of his brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. He had said earlier that love for God causes one to be … Read More

Want heaven for yourself and others

Do not fear to speak truth to those outside of Christ, and to those who need encouragement and correction in the Body. O Soul, you need to hear words of comfort, love, and exhortation. Those around you need them, too. Let your love for souls be known. Make compassion the spring of your speech and … Read More