Excel in Love to all Mankind

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away….I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven -Matthew 5:42, 44-45

(O)ur Savior shows that He expects us to excel in love to all mankind, and in the practical fruit of it, in trying to do them good. We ought to be, above all others, the most loving people, and the most good-doing people…Our Lord Jesus Christ’s heart was expansive and unselfish. He gave Himself for His enemies, and died breathing a prayer over them; He lived never for Himself. You could not put your finger on one point of His life and say, “here He lived for Himself alone.” Neither His prayers nor His preachings, His miracles or His sufferings, His woes or His glories were with an eye to Himself. He saved others, but Himself He would not save. His followers must in this follow Him closely. Selfishness is as foreign to Christianity as darkness to light. The true Christian lives to do good, he looks abroad to see whom He may serve, and with this eye he looks upon the wicked, upon the fallen and the offcasts, seeking to reclaim them. Yes, in the same way he looks upon his personal enemies, and aims at winning them by repeated kindnesses…Our love must embrace those who lie hard by the gates of hell, and we must endeavor with words of truth and deeds of love to bring them to Christ, who can uplift then to heaven. Oh that you may all be gentle, quiet, meek in spirit, but full of an ardent, burning affection towards your fellowmen; so shall you be known to be Christ’s disciples. ~ C.H. Spurgeon



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