No better than a devil

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Puritanboard Commissioner
(Thomas Watson, "The Perfume of Love")

"And though I understand all mysteries and all
knowledge, but have not love, I am nothing."
1 Corinthians 13:2

If a man's head were a library of all learning,
if he could know all that is knowable—but have
not love, all is nothing. Knowledge without love,
makes a man no better than a devil.

Let a man come to church, pray, and read
Scripture; yet if his heart burns in malice—it
is but going to hell in more saint-like manner.

"Oh, how precious a jewel," said Augustine, "is
love! How choice a grace that, if this is lacking, all
other things, though ever so glorious, are in vain!"

An unloving person is an unregenerate person. "At
one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived
and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating
one another." Titus 3:3. This is as if Paul had said,
"Before grace came—we were filled and ready to
burst with this poison of malice!"

A malicious person is of no kin to God, for God is love.
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