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Baxter on Loving Your Neighbor - by Michael Phillips
Baxter on Christian Love - Part 2 of 6
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1 John 4:16
Jan 01, 1988 pm - (Neighbor) Tonight, with the Lord's blessing, we'll continue our study of Richard Baxter on Love. Baxter was a Puritan pastor who lived from 1615 to 1691. On theology, he was mixed up sometimes, but on matters of practical living for Christ, nobody wrote better than he. Last time, we studied him on Loving enemies. At the end, I urged you to name an enemy and do something about loving him this week. How many of you have done that? Have you apologized to people you offended? Have you called someone you "feel funny about"? Have you prayed for someone who hates your guts? If you have--God bless you! But if you haven't, I want to remind you: "It is not hearers of the law who are justified, but doers of the law". Remember that! This is not an academic exercise. This is real life. If the Lord commands us to "Love our enemies", we're bound to do it--and not just talk about it! God help us. Now we come to Loving neighbors. DEFINITIONS AND ORIGIN What is "love"? According to Baxter, it is two things: (1) Admiring what is good in others. Everyone is made in the Image of God, and therefore, has some good in him--which we're bound to recognize and approve of. (2) Benevolence or doing others ... More >>>

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