“Love is the grand distinctive mark of our office. The Christian Pastor, of all men in the world, should have an affectionate heart.
We set forth a most tender Father, a bleeding Savior, and a faithful Comforter. ‘Speaking the truth in love’ is in a few words the most complete description of our office.
Love should pervade the whole tone of our Ministry.”
–Charles Bridges, The Christian Ministry (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1830/2005), 333, 338.