Heart Loves As Christ Loved
new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved
you, that ye also love one another. John 13:34.
says, "Love one another as I have loved you." Love is not simply
an impulse, a transitory emotion, dependent upon circumstances; it is a living
principle, a permanent power. The soul is fed by the streams of pure love
that flow from the heart of Christ, as a well-spring that never fails. O,
how is the heart quickened, how are its motives ennobled, its affections deepened,
by this communion! Under the education and discipline of the Holy Spirit,
the children of God love one another, truly, sincerely, unaffectedly,-"without
partiality, and without hypocrisy." And this because the heart is in
love with Jesus. Our affection for one another springs from our common relation
to God. We are one family, we love one another as He loved us. When compared
with this true, sanctified, disciplined affection, the shallow courtesy of
the world, the meaningless expression of effusive friendship, are as chaff
to the wheat.
love as Christ loved means to manifest unselfishness at all times and in all
places, by kind words and pleasant looks. . . . Genuine love is a precious
attribute of heavenly origin, which increases its fragrance in proportion
as it is dispensed to others. . .
love is deep and earnest, flowing like an irrepressible stream to all who
will accept it. There is no selfishness in His love. If this heaven-born love
is an abiding principle in the heart, it will make itself known, not only
to those we hold most dear in sacred relationship, but to all with whom we
come in contact. It will lead us to bestow little acts of attention, to make
concessions, to perform deeds of kindness, to speak tender, true, encouraging
words. It will lead us to sympathize with those whose hearts hunger for sympathy.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 22, 23.