Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Impersonal Love


The Macedonians were gentiles, but they "decided with pleasure
[to give]" (Rom. 15:27) to Jews who lived in a distant city, most 
of whom they would never meet. Why were these northern Greeks
so generous to almost total strangers? Their generosity expressed
Impersonal love. Impersonal love emphasizes the character of the
giver, not that of the recipient, whereas personal love focuses on the
attractiveness and virtues of the object of love. Impersonal love is
commanded toward all believers (John 13:35); personal love is 
reserved for special individuals. 

"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
Psalm 126:6

Father, help me not to give up too quickly on those I seek to influence toward the Christian way.
In Christ name I pray

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