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Philip Ryken – Love: The Essential Ingredient

21 Jul

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In 1 Corinthians 13… Paul began by proving that love is absolutely indispensable. Nothing else matters, only love. No matter how gifted we are, or what we do for God, we are nothing without love. Loveless prophecy, loveless theology, loveless faith, loveless social action, even loveless martyrdom are all equally worthless. Nothing can compensate for the absence of love. John Chrysostom would go even further. When he preached this passage to his congregation in Constantinople sometime during the fourth century, Chrysostom said: “If I have no love I am not just useless but a positive nuisance.”

~Philip Ryken~




Loving the Way Jesus Loves (Wheaton, Illinois; Crossway Books; 2012) p. 32.

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