Yesterday we looked at 1 Peter 4:1-11 and considered how the gospel saves us and sets us on a path to counter-cultural godliness as we follow Jesus into the world. If you missed it you can listen to the sermon here.
The Ryle Quote
But love is preeminently the grace which makes a man useful. It is the spring of good works and kindnesses. It is the root of missions, schools, and hospitals. Love made apostles spend and be spent for souls. Love raises up workers for Christ and keeps them working. Love smooths quarrels, and stops strife, and in this sense "covers over a multitude of sins" (1 Peter 4:8). Love adorns Christianity and recommends it to the world. A man may have real faith, and feel it, and yet his faith may be invisible to others. But a man's love cannot be hidden.
Two books that would be good compliments to what we looked at yesterday are Michael Horton's newest book, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World, and Jerry Bridges' The Discipline of Grace.