this commandment we have from him, That he who loveth God love his brother
also. 1 John 4:21.
Love is the basis of godliness. Whatever the profession, no man has pure love
to God unless he has unselfish love for his brother. . . . When self is merged
in Christ, love springs forth spontaneously. The completeness of Christian
character is attained when the impulse to help and bless others springs constantly
from within--when the sunshine of heaven fills the heart and is revealed in
the countenance. . . .
with Christ, we are connected with our fellow men by the golden links of the
chain of love. Then the pity and compassion of Christ will be manifest in
our life. We shall not wait to have the needy and unfortunate brought to us.
We shall not need to be entreated to feel for the woes of others. It will
be as natural for us to minister to the needy and suffering as it was for
Christ to go about doing good. . . .
of heaven is in lifting up the fallen, comforting the distressed. . . . No
distinction on account of nationality, race, or caste is recognized by God.
. . . All men are of one family by creation, and all are one through redemption.
Christ came to demolish every wall of partition, to throw open every compartment
of the temple, that every soul may have free access to God. His love is so
broad, so deep, so full, that it penetrates everywhere. It lifts out of Satan's
circle the poor souls who have been deluded by his deceptions. It places them
within reach of the throne of God, the throne encircled by the rainbow of
promise. . . .
is seeking to uplift all who will be lifted to companionship with Himself,
that we may be one with Him as He is one with the Father. He permits us to
come in contact with suffering and calamity in order to call us out of our
selfishness; He seeks to develop in us the attributes of His character--compassion,
tenderness, and love. . . .
thou wilt keep my charge," the Lord declares, "I will give thee
places to walk among these that stand by"--even among the angels that
surround His throne. (Zech. 3:7.) By cooperating with heavenly beings in their
work on earth, we are preparing for their companionship in heaven.
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