Ryle: Wherever Christ is best known and obeyed, there will always be found most real joy and peace.


But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. —Luke 6:36-37

J. C. Ryle, in commentary of Luke 6, with a great challenge to obey Christ’s commands to love our enemies:

How happy the world would be, if Christ’s precepts were strictly obeyed! The chief causes of half the sorrows of mankind, are selfishness, strife, unkindness, and lack of love. Never was there a greater mistake than to suppose that vital Christianity interferes with human happiness. It is not having too much religion, but too little, that makes people gloomy, wretched, and miserable. Wherever Christ is best known and obeyed, there will always be found most real joy and peace.

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