Charity and Its Fruits is a collection of Jonathan Edwards' sermons on Christian love, and is the most thorough analysis of 1 Corinthians 13 ever written.
Few Christian leaders since the Reformation have been as gifted as Jonathan Edwards. A man of intense personal devotion to Christ, he was a leader in the First Great Awakening, a Reformed theologian, a missionary, and a philosopher. Hugh Martin's called him "that greatest of metaphysical divines". Yet, he would have likely preferred to be remembered simply as the pastor of the Church of Northampton.
Preached in 1738, Charity and Its Fruits gives us an insight into Jonathan Edwards' regular pulpit ministry in the years between the Northampton Revival of 1735 and The Great Awakening of 1740.
Entirely free of sentimentality, this moving exposition of 1 Corinthians 13 reveals Edwards' insistence that true Christian experience is supernatural (i.e. Spirit-produced and Christ-centered) and that "all true Christian grace tends to practice".
These sermons show how it is possible to steer safely between Arminianism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other. The concluding chapter on heaven as a world of love is perhaps the most beautiful of all Edwards' writings.