Sunday, June 05, 2016

Burton: the end of theology

Sunday, June 5, 2016
    Feast of Boniface (Wynfrith) of Crediton, Archbishop of Mainz, Apostle of Germany, Martyr, 754
    Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
    —1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)
    After all, Brethren, the whole end of Theology is love. It seems hard to realize that that is so, but so it is. If your theology does not make you loving, it has not Christianized you and to that extent is not a Christian theology. All ecclesiasticism, and all doctrinalizing, is in order to [form] character, and the soul of character is love. Preach the truth in love, and for the development of love.
    ... Nathaniel J. Burton (1822-1887), In Pulpit and Parish, Boston: Congregational Sunday School and Publishing Society, 1896, p. 149 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 4:8; Eph. 4:15; Phil. 1:9-10; 2 Thess. 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:22
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to love as I cannot in my own strength.
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