William Bradford Institute
for Study of the
Early Settlement of America

He Loves You with an Unmeasurable Love.

by Thomas Shepard

He loves thee with an unmeasurable love. Rom. 5:20, Where sin there grace hath
abounded." Hence (Eph. 2:3, 4) love "and "great love." Verse 7, "Exceeding
riches of his grace." For there is in Christ,

1. A created love. One man loves another exceedingly, as Jonathan did David.
Now, he hath the perfection of all human or angelical love toward his people put
in him.

2. Uncreated love, infinite love of a God, and hence it is unmeasurable. He
thinks nothing he doeth too much, nothing he gives too dear. Hence, when world
is slain, Satan cast out, when he is out, sin must out; when some sins are
removed, the rest must; when they are out, then death must; when death, then
hell. And when there is no life, no grace, he works it; it decays, he restores
it; it can not act, he quickens it; it can not, doth not grow, he waters it. He
hath given thee the earth, and the days of peace and patience; these are too
little. He calls thee, and when thou canst not come, draws thee, and gives thee
pardon, that is too little. He gives earth to thee, that is too little, (for
they are made co-heirs;) he gives promise to thee, that is too little; he gives
himself and Spirit, and can he do more? Yes; we can not drink in all that
goodness and love; hence he gives eternity to thee, and he shall more and more
enlighten thee; not only let thy soul live to bless him, but thy poor body, and
every dust of it, to be raised up to glory with him. What the Lord promised to
Abraham, "In blessing I will bless," that portion is thine. O, now love him
without measure. "O, how I love thy law!" How did David love it? I can not tell;
but if he loved the word of Christ, then much more the person of Christ, the
presence of Christ, everlasting fellowship with Christ.

O, take heed of giving Christ, and measuring out unto Christ his portion, his
allowance, that when the Lord comes to you for more love, (as he doth daily,)
you give him that answer which many do in their practice you have let him have
as much as you can; so that you can not spare any more from yourselves, from a
base world, from wife and child and creature, from a slothful course; you hope
the Lord will accept of that little he hath. I confess that a little water in a
spring is better than much that comes by land floods; but be sure it be a
spring, else not accepted. Beloved, time was you lived without Christ, did
nothing for him; now you do, and what thou dost this year, didst last year, and
no more. Will you thus stint the Lord? Either do more, give more, or mourn you
can not. O, one life, one heart is too little for him. It hath put me to sad
fears of many men's estates to see this frame, a world of sin without measure
every day. Where is the Christian that loves the Lord every day? How can any
then say much is forgiven, when they do not love much?


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