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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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Prov: Caring for Animals

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CARING FOR ANIMALS

 

Pr 12:10 A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

This is applicable to domesticated animals, whether they be pets or otherwise. One way to percieve a person's humility and level of kindness is how they treat their animals. Wicked people treat their animals with cruelty, and yet they reckon themselves kind. If a person considers himself righteous, then he should consider and meet the needs of his animal. Domesticated animals are in a position of humility - lower than that of any human. Thus not only can we learn to discern one's humility by how they treat animals, but we can also learn humility from animals. (Want to have a companion who is humble, faithful, and always glad to have you around? Get a dog!)

 

By the way, only two creatures were allowed into the Most Holy Place - the high priest, and the blood of a domestic animal. So animals are worth respecting

 

The Proverb Series

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