Do We Really Love One Another?

 Read 1 Corinthians 13. I beg of you believe that scripture to be the word of God. We can love them who, as far as we know, are lovely; but that love that “beareth all things and believeth all things,” I am afraid not six of us believe that it is a duty. If we hear any thing of a brother or a sister, it is forty to one but we aggravate it unto the next body we meet. Is this love?

~John Owen

from a sermon entitled The Mutual Care of Believers Over One Another, preached on September 6, 1678; volume 16 of Works, page 479

4 comments on “Do We Really Love One Another?

  1. Dear Sir or Madam,
    I received a twitter that says: “Death by the sword has no evil in it, in comparison of the evil God will bring upon a people or nation when he comes in a way of judgment.~O”

    D EssentialOwen Would the evil men may do, but of the evil God would do? I don’t quiet understand, appreciate an explanation…Stephen Chaffer

  2. Hello Stephen,
    So I understand what you would like an explanation for, are you asking “How can God bring or use evil?”

  3. Stephen,
    Thank you for your question!

    The quote by Owen is taken from a sermon he preached entitled “The Death of the Righteous,” an exposition of Isaiah 52:1-2. This sermon would probably put a lot of this into perspective for you or at least whet your appetite for more!!!

    The quote is saying that the judgement God brings on a people or nation is an evil, or a calamity to them greater than what can be brought on them by any other. We should fear what God can do to us more than what man or devil can do. Judgement is a distress to those under it. It is a necessary evil.

    As to how God uses or brings evil, it behooves us to lay some ground rules:

    1. God is good and He uses evil
    2. God using evil does not make God evil
    3. Because God uses evil, it does not make evil good
    4. If God uses evil, it is good that He does
    5. The end of all things is for the glory of God
    6. All things that happen are working to the end of God being glorified.

    Evil is an instrument or tool in the hand of God whereas the devil is, by nature, evil. We must not equate God and evil just because He uses or even brings it.

    I hope that helps Stephen. If you have more questions, please let me know.

    Verses to consider:
    Gen. 50:20
    Jos. 23:15
    Jdg. 9:23
    Jdg. 9:56
    1 Sa. 16:14
    2 Cor. 12:7-9

    In Christ,

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