Love Has No Need to Justify Itself

Here’s a well known quote from the late John Stott (1921-2011):

We are sent into the world, like Jesus, to serve. For this is the natural expression of our love for our neighbors. We love. We go. We serve…we have (or should have) no ulterior  motive. True, the gospel lacks visibility if we merely preach it, and lacks credibility if we who preach it are interested only in souls and have no concern about the welfare of people’s bodies, situations and communities. Yet the reason for our acceptance of social responsibility is not primarily in order to give the gospel either a visibility or a credibility it will otherwise lack, but rather simple uncomplicated compassion. Love has no need to justify itself. It merely expresses itself in service whenever it sees need.

Thoughts?

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Posted on June 20, 2012, in Christian Worldview, Great Quotes, Justice and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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