Let us note how far from satisfactory is the state of those who are content with sound doctrinal opinions and orthodox correct views of the Gospel, while in their daily life they give way to ill temper, ill nature, malice, envy, quarreling, squabbling, bickering, surliness, passion, snappish language, and crossness of word and manner. Such persons, whether they know it or not, are daily proclaiming that they are not Christ’s disciples. It is nonsense to talk about justification, and regeneration, and election, and conversion, and the uselessness of works, unless people can see in us practical Christian love.”
J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, on John 13:34-35.
Dear Lord, protect our church from being orthodox with our minds and heretics in our character. Help us to love the truth of the gospel and the lifestyle that flows from those who live daily at the foot of your cross.