JANUARY 17

 

Keep yourselves in the love of God—Jude 21.

 

We may daily and hourly keep ourselves in the Lord's love by obedience to, and a growing love for the principles of righteousness. And we are to rejoice in every experience of life—its trials, difficulties, sorrows, disappointments, etc., no less than in its pleasures, if by any or all of these means the Lord shall instruct us and give us clearer insight into our own deficiencies, and a still clearer insight into that perfect law of liberty and love which He has established, and to which He requires our full and loyal heart-submission.

 

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The love of God, consisting of disinterested love for the Father and the Son with all the heart, mind, soul and strength, of disinterested love for the brethren more than to self and of disinterested love for mankind in general and even for our enemies as self, does not of itself under the present conditions remain in one's heart. Whoever does not preserve it amid the conditions that would otherwise destroy it will surely lose it. If, therefore, we have attained this love, let us seek to maintain it.

 

Parallel passages: Deut. 33: 3, 12; Psa. 63: 3; 146: 8; Isa. 38: 17; Jer. 31: 3; John 3: 16; 14: 21, 23; 16: 27; 17: 10, 23, 26; Rom. 5: 8; 2Cor. 13: 11; Eph. 2: 4; Col. 3: 14; 1  John3: 1; 4: 8-19; Matt. 5: 43-48; 19: 19; Josh. 22: 5; Psa. 91: 14; John 13: 14, 15, 34, 35;  15: 12-19.

 

Questions: Have I this week kept myself in the love of God? How? Why? In what circumstances? What helped or hindered therein? With what results?

 

LOVE'S ALCHEMY

 

LOVE is the filling from one's own

Another's cup.

Love is a daily laying down

And taking up;

A choosing of the stony path

Through each new day

That other feet may tread with ease

A smoother way.

Love is not blind, but looks abroad

Through other eyes;

And asks not "Must I give?" but "May

I sacrifice?"

Love hides its grief, that other hearts

 And lips may sing;

And burdened, walks, that other lives

May, buoyant, wing.

Brother, hast thou a love like this

Within thy soul?

'Twill change thy name to saint when thou

Dost reach thy goal.

 

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