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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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Willow Creek Teaching Pastor Resigns over New Accusations against Hybels

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"She said she stayed silent at the time because she was afraid she would hurt the church. “I felt like if this was exposed, this fantastic place would blow up, and I loved the church. I loved the people there. I loved the family. I didn’t want to hurt anybody. And I was ashamed.”"

 

Unfortunately this woman made the same mistake many others make:  They fall in love with the church, the people, the pastor, etc but fail to fall in love with The Church.  They seem unable to make the distinction between the 2.

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