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Loving the way Jesus loves (edition 2012)

by Philip Graham Ryken

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Member:BeulahChurchLibrary
Title:Loving the way Jesus loves
Authors:Philip Graham Ryken
Info:Wheaton, Ill. : Crossway, c2012.
Collections:Your library, Biblical Studies
Rating:*****
Tags:Small group studies, I Corinthians 13, Love, Jesus Christ, New Testament, Biblical teaching, Christian living, Unconditional love

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Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Philip Graham Ryken

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Since 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my least favorite (=most guilt-inducing) chapters of Scripture, I wanted to read this book for a challenge. For some reason, though, I never particularly got into the book. I like Ryken's approach -- for each of Paul's definitions of "love," he does some basic exegesis, draws an illustration from the life of Jesus, and then applies it to the lives of Christians. His goal throughout is to demonstrate that Jesus is the only one who perfectly fulfills the definitions of love, and to drive us back to Jesus repeatedly as we are faced with our own failures to love. Only by knowing the love of Jesus in a deeper way can we be empowered to love others ourselves.

This Christ-focused reading of 1 Corinthians 13 wasn't new to me, but for someone who has never heard it before, I would think it could be very liberating and encouraging. Even though a lot of the book didn't stick with me (because of the writing style? I'm not sure why), I did find the "Love Waits" (love is patient/long-suffering) chapter beautiful. Ryken describes the unhurried way in which Jesus loves us, just as He tarried when He knew that Lazarus was dying, because He knew that by restoring Lazarus to life, He would be able to glorify God in a more complete way. "The delays of Christ turn out to be the delays of love." (81) He also makes the point, somewhere, that our impatience with others often says more about our need for sanctification than about our concern for what God is doing in them. ( )
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