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Baxter on Loving Your Enemies - by Michael Phillips
Baxter on Christian Love - Part 1 of 6
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1 John 4:16
Jan 01, 1988 pm - (Enemy) Tonight, with the Lord's blessing, we'll start a new Puritan study. The author is Richard Baxter, an English pastor who lived from 1615 to 1691. To say he wrote a lot is an understatement. His works have been collected into four volumes of 1,000 pages each in tiny print and double column. We're not going to study his complete works! What we're going to do, God willing, is to dip into his Christian Directory for a few thoughts on love. Thus far, I've got four topics to cover: (1) love for enemies, (2) love for neighbors, (3) love for brethren, and (4) love for special friends. If I find other things worthwhile, we'll look at them too, the Lord willing. But for now, let's start with Richard Baxter on Loving your Enemies. ORIGIN Baxter deals with the topic pretty extensively, but it was not he who came up with the idea. The duty of loving your enemy is found in the Word of God--in both Old and New Testaments. "If you meet your enemy's ox or donkey going astray, you shall surely bring it back to him. If you see the donkey of one who hates you lying under its burden, and you would refrain from helping it, you shall surely help him with it" (Exodus 23:4-5). "You have heard that ... More >>>

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