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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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Ray Ortlund on Finishing Well in Ministry

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Finishing Well in Ministry

“If you and your ministry consist only of doctrinal correctness and brilliant communication and organizational savvy—all of which matter—but if that’s all you cultivate and develop and lay hold of, it will hollow you out.” — Ray Ortlund

Date: October 17, 2018

Event:  2018 TGC West Coast Conference

You can listen to this episode of The Gospel Coalition podcast or watch a video of the talk.

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Find more audio and video from the 2018 West Coast Conference on the conference media page.

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