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[b]No better than a devil[/b]

(Thomas Watson, "The Perfume of Love")

"And though I understand all mysteries and all
knowledge, but have not love, I am nothing."
1 Corinthians 13:2

If a man's head were a library of all learning,
if he could know all that is knowable—but have
not love, all is nothing. Knowledge without love,
makes a man no better than a devil.

Let a man come to church, pray, and read
Scripture; yet if his heart burns in malice—it
is but going to hell in more saint-like manner.

"Oh, how precious a jewel," said Augustine, "is
love! How choice a grace that, if this is lacking, all
other things, though ever so glorious, are in vain!"

An unloving person is an unregenerate person. "At
one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived
and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating
one another." Titus 3:3. This is as if Paul had said,
"Before grace came—we were filled and ready to
burst with this poison of malice!"

A malicious person is of no kin to God, for God is love.


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 Re: No better than a devil -watson

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Let a man come to church, pray, and read
Scripture; yet if his heart burns in malice—it
is but going to hell in more saint-like manner.




Strong words fraught with truth.


[i]"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." 1 John 4:7, 8
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 2008/2/15 10:27
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by Roniya on 2008/2/15 9:27:44

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Let a man come to church, pray, and read
Scripture; yet if his heart burns in malice—it
is but going to hell in more saint-like manner.


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Strong words fraught with truth.



I agree. It's sad that this kind of preaching is so watered-down in the pulpits today. It would help bring Christ's standards back to the church, which would set an example to the world. THEN they would take notice of Christianity and the witness of Christ. I think people really want a higher standard to live by, in the same way children really want limits set by their parents.


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