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“Love must have vent.”

Puritan Thomas Watson speaks of missions and evangelism as the inevitable expression of our love for God:

“He who loves God will endeavour to make Him appear glorious in the eyes of others. Such as are in love will be commending and setting forth the amiableness of those persons whom they love. If we love God, we shall spread abroad His excellences, that so we may raise His fame and esteem, and may induce others to fall in love with Him. Love cannot be silent; we shall be as so many trumpets, sounding forth the freeness of God’s grace, the transcendency of His love, and the glory of His kingdom. Love is like fire: where it burns in the heart, it will break forth at the lips. It will be elegant in setting forth God’s praise: love must have vent.” (All Things for Good, p. 86)

Here’s a previous post on love for fellow believers from the same book.


3 Responses

  1. I don’t generally like the Puritans, but that is a good point. In studying/preaching sanctification from Rm 8 recently, I am convinced that the key to discipleship is loving our God and Saviour ‘more than these’, i.e., more than self, more than the world, more than things. And so on.

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

  2. Agreed, Don. I read more of Watson’s discussion later today and appreciated his emphasis on that love being a thing produced in us by the Spirit. How gracious God is to produce in us the very things He requires!

  3. what, are you trying to stir up controversy? Or did the Spirit make you type that?

    Here we were having a nice friendly chat…

    But I’ll leave it at that.

    Merry Christmas!

    Don Johnson
    Jer 33.3

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