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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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1John 2:29 The Right Birth Mark

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The Right Birth Mark


1John 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.


While there is a positional righteousness we receive from Christ, which is namely the forgiveness of sins, yet there is also a righteous behavior characteristic of children of God. What is righteous behavior but simply doing what is right in the eyes of God. True that most people do what they consider right in their own eyes, as Proverbs says, "All a man’s ways seem right to him." Pr 21:2 But to do what is right in the eyes of God is another matter. For "the way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice." Pr 21:15 How do we determine what is right in God's eyes? In cooperation with the Spirit of God through the Word of God in fellowship with the people of God.


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I agree completely.

One thing that often surprises me, is how easy it often is to know what the right thing in God's eyes is ... it usually costs me something and benefits the other person. The world tends to whisper subtle justifications for why something that costs someone else 'only a little' and benefits me is really ok. It doesn't take long to quickly become proficient at spotting the difference.

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