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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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How does Scripture present the faithful believer? (2017-10-04)

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Within the formalities of redemptive grace (salvation), how does Scripture present the faithful believer? This is a question that I constantly struggle with. It seems that within the Christian discourse there are numerous perspectives that cause people to stumble.





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Yes the life of a believer is one that bears fruit by "walking in the Spirit" "following Christ'. This is best exemplified by a faith that works through love, a love for our neighbor and loving one another as Christ loves us, a sacrificial giving of ourselves love. Martin Luther said that we should not do anything in life that is not needful for our neighbor, and it was said of Christ that he went about doing good to others.

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