Pure, Unbounded Love Thou Art

LOVE only can the conquest win,

The strength of sin subdue;

Come, O my Saviour, cast out sin,

And form my soul anew.

CHARLES WESLEY

We readily recognize that it is preferable for our children to obey out of love, rather than out of duty.  Why don’t we get it–that God desires the same thing?  Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  The implication is that obedience will be the natural outgrowth of love.  So, then, if we are not living a life characterized by obedience, what is this saying?  The love is not there.  Is love passively bestowed upon us at salvation, like getting poinked on the head with a magic wand?  No, it is an outgrowth of a heart filled with gratitude.

When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well-nigh hopeless. ~Dr. Bob Jones Sr.

So true.  An ungrateful heart does not understand its indebtedness.  It does not see  that it owes anyone anything.  It is forgetful of its frailty.  It does not beseech, it demands.  It does not consider the greatness of the Gift.  If you are feeling dull regarding your own gratitude level, read what He has to say about you, how He views sin, how deeply He loves you, how freely He offers His forgiveness.

He has flung the doors of Paradise open for us, and places the key in our destitute and empty hands.  He alone makes it possible to stand before God Almighty with boldness.   This is “love divine, all loves excelling.”

Amazing, amazing grace.

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