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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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There is the quote I heard many years ago when I was just a small boy and it has helped me all the while increased my wisdom and help in relating with others, it says:

 

'Be quick to hear but slow to speak'.

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Hey Tony, the Lord gave us that same basic command/admonishment through the pen of St. James, with an explanation about why it's such an important one to obey :) It has become one of my very favorite quotes from the Bible!

 

It says:

 

Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. ~James 1:19-20

 

Being quick to hear and slow to speak is sage advice for any/all Christians posting online, and especially on debate boards, yes ;)

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Peace [as the world knows it] is that glorious brief moment in history when everybody stops to reload.

 

In a Biblical way however, peace is not the absence of conflict as much as it is the presence of righteousness that causes right relationships.

 

When a Jew says to another Jew, “Shalom,” which is the word for peace, he doesn’t mean “May you have no wars, may you have no conflict,” he means “I desire for you all the righteousness that God can give, all the goodness that God can give.” Shalom means “God’s highest good for you.” It’s a creative force for goodness. It is an aggressive good.

 

~Dr. John MacArthur

 

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A baby is cradled / carried in the womb of it's mother, to grow and be nurtured until birth. Each baby is a wholly separate person from it's mother: With different DNA, different fingerprints, with possibly a different blood type or the opposite sex. The baby is a person living within a person and not "the mother's body". The mom is appointed to care for the separate life she carries within her and once it's born, find a home for her baby, if she can't provide one. -- Melody Green

 

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My favorite quote is " Loser makes excuses and Winner makes commitments ". If someone is determined about achieving his goals then he will keep on trying whether it is about being near to God or achieving some materialistic thing. While a loser always makes excuses. A friend of mine always blames the society while a person can grow up by his own. Society has never helped anyone to raise up in their life but it is the man himself who gained a lot just by his hard work. To be the loved one God we would have to act upon his orders so we could gain his love and blessings. God bless you.

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The regenerate are saved through persevering in faith and Christian living to the end (
), and it is God who keeps them persevering. That does not mean that all who ever professed conversion will be saved. False professions are made; short-term enthusiasts fall away (
); many who say to Jesus, “Lord, Lord,” will not be acknowledged (
). Only those who show themselves to be regenerate by pursuing heart-holiness and true neighbor-love as they pass through this world are entitled to believe themselves secure in Christ.

 

~Dr. J. I. Packer

 

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