God Loves Most
a Beautiful Character
the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Ps. 90:17
God is a lover of the beautiful, but that which He most loves is
a beautiful character.... It is beauty of character that shall not perish, but
last through the ceaseless ages of eternity.
The great Master-Artist has taken thought
for the lilies, making them so beautiful that they outshine the glory of
Solomon. How much more does He care for man, who is the image and glory of God.
He longs to see His children reveal a character after His similitude. As the
sunbeam imparts to the flowers their varied and delicate tints, so does God
impart to the soul the beauty of His own character.
All who choose Christ's kingdom of love
and righteousness and peace, making its interest paramount to all other, are
linked to the world above, and every blessing needed for this life is theirs.
In the book of God's providence, the volume of life, we are each given a page.
That page contains every particular of our history; even the hairs of the head
are numbered. God's children are never absent from His mind.
Worldly display, however imposing, is of
no value in God's sight. Above the seen and temporal He values the unseen and
eternal. The former is of worth only as it expresses the latter. The choicest
productions of art possess no beauty that can compare with the beauty of
character, which is the fruit of the Holy Spirit's working in the soul. . . .
Christ came to the earth and stood before
the children of men with the hoarded love of eternity, and this is the treasure
that, through our connection with Him, we are to receive, to reveal, and to
impart. . . .
We are to be distinguished from the world
because God has placed His seal upon us, because He manifests in us His own
character of love.
From My Life Today - Page 275