Loving God and Loving Others

There aren’t many books that I have read twice.  There are so many that I’d like to read that it is hard to imagine taking the time to read one more than once.  One major exception has been D.A. Carson’s A Call to Spiritual Reformation.  This book is about prayer and most of the chapters are devoted to the prayers of Paul in his epistles.  I like to be learning about prayer directly from the scriptures.  I’m reading it again right now.

Today I read the chapter about praying for others.  Carson spends several paragraphs discussing how our love for God and our love for others should go hand in hand in our praying.  I found this quote worth pondering:

“There is a danger of claiming high intimacy with God with fostering no intimacy with people; of testifying to deep love for Christ, while nurturing all kinds of petty jealousies and rivalries.  The apostle John puts it bluntly: ‘We love because He [God] first loved us.  If anyone says, I love God, yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.  And he has given is this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother’” (I John 4:19-21).

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