Christian Love and It's Fruits, Jonathan Edwards, hard cover

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In a day when love is the most abused and misrepresented word In the English language, the pen of the famous Jonathan Edwards will come to the rescue. Once a reader goes through this book, charity and love take on their true colors again. Summing up his teaching:

1. Love is the sum of all virtue (1 Cor. 13:1-3). Charity is abundantly insisted on in the New Testament by Christ and His apostles.

2. It is more excellent than gifts of the Spirit. Compared are the gift of extraordinary gifts and the ordinary influences of the same Spirit in true Christians, that is, charity, or Divine love.

3. All is vain without love. Without charity, all our performances are vain. All our sufferings, all our excellencies are nothing without it.

4. Love disposes us to bear injuries and to do good. Meekness is a great part of the Christian spirit. Love teaches us to bear and forbear.

5. Love is not envious, but is humble. Not only is the Christian spirit not envious, it rather disposes us to rejoice in others’ prosperity.

6. Love is the opposite of a selfish spirit, of an angry spirit, of a censorious spirit. Self-love makes charity take wings and fly away.

7. Love is willing to undergo all suffering; will tend to holy practice.

8. All the graces of Christianity are connected; faith, hope, charity.

9. Love will not be overthrown by opposition. Love conquers.

10. The Holy Spirit will communicate forever to us in Divine love.

11. Heaven will be a world of love. Only love abides in Heaven.

All of these Edwards uses to persuade us that to say we love is not enough; we must have fruits such as these to prove it.

Edwards, and many still, regarded charity as a broader term to describe the full-orbed love of a mature Christian.

Edwards lived this kind of life, being ever faithful to keep a vow of his youth, ‘never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God.’

Edwards (1703-1758) is by far the best known American theologian. After graduating from and teaching at Yale University, he began a very fruitful ministry at Northampton, MA. The church was the scene of the explosive revival of 1734, 35, and burned fiercely for God under Edwards for several years. Edwards then went to pastor the lowly Indians. But at last he was called to be the first president of Princeton University, where he served only 5 weeks, dying of smallpox. 188 pages

Product Code: 1589600223

 

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