Spurgeon – Pastor’s Obligation to Love as Christ Loved

Another great passage from An All-Round Ministry:

Therefore, brethren, we must love sinners for Christ’s sake. Are there not a great many in your congregation whom you could not love for any other reason? Could the Lord Jesus Christ ever have loved you for your merit’s sake? He loved you and me for a reason which He found in His own heart; and so must we love our hearers, from causes which are not so much in them as in our own hearts. He “loved me, and gave Himself for me;” and if now He says to me, “Love others, and give yourself for them,” shall I not do it? Every angry temper must be chased out. The fallen, the frivolous, the captious, the indifferent, and even the malicious must share our love. We must love them to Jesus. With cords of a man and bands of love must we draw them. Our mission is to perpetuate on earththe love of the Saviour (p. 383).

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