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What is Love to Christ?


by Thomas Doolitle


Love shows the true character of a man, according to the object which he loves
more than anything else: for as is the love, so is the man. According to his
love, so might you confidently designate the man. If he is a lover of honour, he
is an ambitious man; a lover of pleasure, a sensual man; and if he chiefly love
the world, he is a covetous man. If a man loves righteousness, he is a religious
man; if the things above, a heavenly-minded man; and if he love Christ with a
pre-eminent love, he is a sincere man: "Rightly do they love you.," Song of
Songs 1:4.

If Christ has our love, he has our all; and Christ never has what he deserves
from us, till he has our love. True love withholds nothing from Christ, when it
is sincerely set upon him. If we actually love him, he will have our time, and
he will have our service, and he will have the use of all our resources, and
gifts, and graces; indeed, then he shall have our possessions, freedom, and our
very lives, whenever he calls for them. In the same way, when God loves any of
us, he will withhold nothing from us that is good for us. He does not hold back
his own only begotten Son, Rom.8:32. When Christ loves us, he gives us
everything we need-- his merits to justify us, his Spirit to sanctify us, his
grace to adorn us, and his glory to crown us. Therefore, when any of us love
Christ sincerely, we lay everything down at his feet, and give up all to be at
his command and service: "And they loved not their lives unto the death," Rev.
12:11.

 

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