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Baxter on Love the Godly - by Michael Phillips
Baxter on Christian Love - Part 3 of 6
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1 John 4:16
Jan 01, 1988 pm - (Love the Godly) Tonight brings us to the third sermon in our study of Richard Baxter on Christian Love. Baxter was a Puritan pastor who lived from 1615 to 1691. Not everything he wrote is of the highest quality, but his advice for Christian living is the best I've seen outside the Bible. Thus far, we've studied him on Loving your enemies and on Loving your neighbor. Now we come to Loving the godly. This--you'd think--would be easy. But if you read the Bible and are honest with yourself, you'll know better. It is "Good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity". But it's not easy. Baxter can help us on this one. First, he tells us what "love" is. It is two things: approval and benevolence. We're bound to recognize the good in others and to admire it. We're also obliged to be good to others--even if they don't deserve it. This is what Baxter means by "love". Should we love other believers? Baxter takes it for granted. Of course we should. The Bible says so: "Love the brotherhood" says 1 Peter 2:17; "Let brotherly love continue" adds Hebrews 13:1; "May the Lord make you increase and abound in love one for another" says 1 Thessalonians 3:12. WHO ARE THE GODLY? If we're to ... More >>>

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