My Two Favorite Books on the Topic of Brotherly Love
God is love, the gospel is the highest act of love, we are identified as believers by our love (or God's love through us), and all of God's commands for us hang on love. So basically love is where it's at!
"If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am NOTHING."
CHARITY AND ITS FRUITS Jonathan Edwards (1852)
This book is my favorite off all time! It's chapters are made up of sermons on an expository series that Edwards preached on 1 Corinthians 13. When I read these sermons I get to sit under the teaching of a man who knew God so well that he was able to describe these attributes, or fruits, of love with great mastery. It's easy to read and totally applicable. The final sermon ends with heaven as the place of love and it's description makes me yearn for heaven all the more!
THE LESSON OF LOVE J. R. Miller (1903)
J. R. Miller is so excellent at communicating the blessings of difficulties in our lives and it seems to come out in everything that he writes. I love this book because of those reminders,
"The problem in many lives is how to maintain the Christian spirit, how to be Christlike in one's place under others who are unreasonable, exacting, unjust, or unkind. The New Testament teaching is that we are to do our work well, to manifest the patient, gentle spirit of Christ whatever our hardships and wrongs may be...The example of Christ in suffering is the copy set for us...We all know the story of Christ's wonderful love...his love was never chilled by the enmity or cruelty of men..."who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that which is good?"...God can build beauty yet for you out of these broken things. Keep your heart sweet with love, and your soul unstained by sin and then trust your life to your Father. He will bring blessing and good out of all that seems such a pitiful ruin to-day."
(seriously read the quotes that I photographed, they're the best!)
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