Loving Our Enemies

The Word 43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:43-45  Voice from the Church “I have seen Christians in Communist prisons with fifty pounds of chains on their feet, tortured with red-hot iron pokers, in whose throats spoonsful of salt had … Continue reading “Loving Our Enemies”

The Tie that Binds

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:14 John Fawcett (1740-1817), the author of the following hymn, was converted at the age of sixteen under the ministry of George Whitefield (1714-1770). While pastoring a small Baptist Church in Wainsgate, England, he accepted a call to pastor a considerably larger church in London. When all his family’s earthly goods were being loaded for the move to London, many of the Fawcett’s parishioners were in tears. His wife went to her husband and lamented, “John, I cannot bear this.” “Neither can I,” responded her husband. … Continue reading “The Tie that Binds”