ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ
also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Eph. 5:1, 2.
are to follow God as dear children, to be obedient to all His requirements,
walking in love as Christ also hath loved us. . . . Love was the element in
which Christ moved and walked and worked. He came to embrace the world in
the arms of His love. . .
are to follow the example set by Christ, and make Him our pattern, until we
shall have the same love for others as He has manifested for us. He seeks
to impress us with this profound lesson of love. . . . If your hearts have
been given to selfishness, let Christ imbue you with His love. He desires
that we shall love Him fully, and encourages, yes, even commands, that we
shall love others as He has given us an example. He has made love the badge
of our discipleship. . . . This is the measurement to which you are to reach,—”Love
one another; as I have loved you.” What height, what depth and breadth
of love! This love is not simply to embrace a few favorites, it is to reach
to the lowliest and humblest of God’s creatures. Jesus says, “Inasmuch
as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done
it unto me.” . . .
The love and sympathy which Jesus would have us give to others does not savor
of sentimentalism, which is a snare to the soul; it is a love that is of heavenly
extraction, which Jesus exemplifies by both precept and example. But instead
of manifesting this love, how often we are alienated and estranged one from
another. . . . The result is estrangement from God, a dwarfed experience,
a blighting of Christian growth. . . .
love of Jesus is an active principle, uniting heart with heart in bonds of
Christian fellowship. Every one who enters heaven will on earth have been
perfected in love; for in heaven the Redeemer and the redeemed will be objects
of our interest.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 27.