Most people are familiar with the ‘love chapter’ of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, yet Phil Ryken still has something new to say. He draws on the earthly life and ministry of Jesus to illustrate Paul’s several statements about what love is and isn’t. These aspects of love are then illuminated chronologically through the story of Christ’s advent, teaching, miracle working, sufferings, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension.
Jesus never does anything without love. His love is everything the love chapter says that love should be. It is patient with sinners and kind to strangers. It does not envy or boast, but offers itself in humble service. It does not insist on its own way, but submits to the Father. It is able to forgive, trust, hope and persevere.
This approach highlights the crucial truth that we are able to love only because Christ first loved us in this particularly profound, very real, and transformative manner.
This book has made me love Jesus all the more as I see how he loves. Jesus shows us what God is like, & this is so helpful in showing how perfect and compassionate his love is! It helpfully takes incidents in Jesus' life, death, resurrection & shows how his love is perfectly patient, kind, etc. I thoroughly recommend this book to everyone! It's easy to read, & each chapter also has study questions at the end which can be used for a group bible study. It's been the best thing we've done recently at our ladies' bible study.
Ryken dedomesticates 1 Corinthians 13 to show what love is and illustrates it from the life of Jesus. He exposes our lovelessness, but shows how the love of Jesus overcomes this in the Gospel. This is not a try harder book; instead it shows us how the love of Jesus motivates us with the help of the Holy Spirit to love others.
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