|Love to Christ Everlasting
by Thomas Doolittle
Love is the everlasting grace that will continue in use and increase, even when
other graces will have ceased. Some graces are particularly suited to our
present state of imperfection in this world. At the present time, we live by
faith, repent and mourn for sin, live in hope of the glory which will be
revealed, and wait until we possess the mansions above. We patiently wait for
all the good that is promised to us, but not yet conferred upon us. However, in
the future faith will be turned into sight, hope into enjoyment, desires into
gratification, and waiting into possession. When this happens, we will believe
no more, hope no more, desire no more, and wait no more. But even then we will
continue in love-- indeed, we will love more than ever, more abundantly,
perfectly, and continually, without pause or alteration. We will love eternally.
One reason why love is considered the greatest of the three Christian virtues,
is that it will last the longest. "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor 13:13.
So it is that those who love Christ sincerely here, will love him perfectly
hereafter, and be forever blessed in that love. But those who do not love him in
this world, cannot love him in the next. For the lack of such love, they shall
be accursed forever.