Book Review: Charity and Its Fruits (Edwards)

1 Corinthians 13 is one of those portions of the Bible that I have, at times, become numb to. A frequent “coffee cup verse” and wedding go-to, I have, sinfully, glazed over this text as commonplace far too often in the past. Jonathan Edwards provides much clarity and detail into the concept and significance of love and you will not leave disappointed. As noted in the introduction, “While works such as Religious Affections and the infamous “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” have come to define Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits is an intricate tapestry of Edwards’ spiritual, theological, and exegetical insights, exposing readers to a much broader picture of his work.

I have been a fan of Jonathan Edwards for some time, and I am happy that these formerly unpublished and uncompiled sermons have been formed together for presentation. The text is separated into 3 sections, each with their own focuses. The introduction provides a helpful summation for diving into this text and, perhaps, for readers to get a feel for the flow prior to reading:

1) He shows that love is the most essential thing (verses 1-3;

sermons 1-3)

2) He shows how charity is the fountain of all good (verses

4-7; sermons 4-12)

3) He shows the preference for love over the Spirit’s other gifts because of its durability and eternality (verses 8-12;

sermons 13-15)

I have been blessed by the content in this book and will use it as a resource to continually turn back to in the future. I believe a proper understanding of love (charity) is extremely important in regards to how we live our lives and the lens we see through. I leave you with a helpful quote on the significance of love: “Love to God is the foundation of a gracious love to men.”

May we be faithful, enduring, and overflowing lovers of God and men.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by Crossway Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.

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