- Parent Category: Bible Reference
- Category: What the Bible Teaches - R.A. TORREY
- Published on Monday, 21 May 2007 22:12
II. THE OBJECTS OF CHRISTIAN LOVE. 1 Peter 2:17 — "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.
Honor the king." Ephesians 1:15 — "Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints."
First Proposition: We should love the brethren — those born of God, all saints.
While a Christian should love all men, he should and will have a peculiar love for God's children. (Compare to Galatians 6:10 — "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.") Matthew 19:19 — "Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Matthew 22:39 — "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."
Second Proposition: We should love our neighbor.
QUESTION: Who is our neighbor?
ANSWER: Luke 10:29-37 — "But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbor? And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side, and likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host: and said unto him, Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves: And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise." 1 Thessalonians 3:12 — "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another; and toward all men, even as we do toward you."
Third Proposition: We should love all men. Matthew 5:44 "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you."
Fourth Proposition: We should love our enemies.
Enemies are specialized because they are the ones we are least likely to love.
QUESTION: How shall we show our love to our enemies?
ANSWER: The remainder of the verse shows. See also Romans 12:20 — "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Ephesians 5:24 — "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it."
Fifth Proposition: Husbands should love their wives.
The husband has a special duty of love toward his wife. The feeling that a husband should have no more interest in the welfare of his wife than in that of any other woman is totally unscriptural. While Christ has a love for all men, He has an altogether special and peculiar love for the church, and so the Christian husband should love all, but have an altogether special and peculiar love for his wife. Titus 2:4 "That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children."
Sixth Proposition: Wives should love their husbands.