Can’t Go Back to a Life of Selfishness

“The historical manifestation of God’s love in Christ not only assures us of his love for us, but lays upon us the obligation to love one another. No-one who has been to the cross and seen God’s immeasurable and unmerited love displayed can go back to a life of selfishness. Indeed, the implication seems to be that our love should resemble his love: since God so loved, we also ought – in like manner and to a like degree of self-sacrifice – to love one another. Cf. 3:16, where the duty of Christian self-sacrifice is deduced from the self-sacrifice of Christ.”

– John Stott, The Letters of John, p.166

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