Gospel Love

Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 in Puritans, Scripture

Tomorrow morning my text is John 13:31-38, the theme being the love that will flow from the heart of the true follower of Christ: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (v. 34). In his work titled “Gospel Charity” John Owen wrote the following:

owenThere is a carnal and natural love still in the world that is based on natural relations. We find this sort of love even among the most debased and brutish. There is also a type of love that arises from a common interest in particular sins and pleasures – from people who partake in the same behaviors or who seek to bind themselves together to advance some political end. All the love of the world may be understood as stemming from one or more of these motives and purposes. None of these are in any way the love that proceeds from the gospel. This is why genuine gospel love has the ability to amaze and attract unbelievers. They should be astonished by the new and different type of love that believers display toward one another. Indeed, one of the first sayings of heathens that observed Christians together was ‘See how they love one another’ For them to see people of different sorts – different races, different personalities, different classes, different financial brackets – all knit together in love was astonishing to them. It was astonishing because of its unique nature. [Gospel Charity]

There is a difference between the love defined by the world ant that as defined by Christ – a love so different that the world notices. And so does Christ!

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