THE ONLY REASON WE LOVE CHRIST IS BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US!
“We love Him because He first loved us.” [1 John 4:19]
There is no light in the planet but that which proceeds from the sun; and there is no true love to Jesus in the heart but that which comes from the Lord Jesus himself.
From this overflowing fountain of the infinite love of God, all our love to God must spring. This must ever be a great and certain truth, that we love Him for no other reason than because He first loved us. Our love to Him is “the fair offspring” of His love to us.
Cold admiration, when studying the works of God, anyone may have. But the warmth of love can only be kindled in the heart by God’s Spirit.
How great the wonder that such as we should ever have been brought to love Jesus at all! How marvellous that when we had rebelled against Him, He should, by a display of such amazing love, seek to draw us back. No! never should we have had a grain of love towards God unless it had been sown in us by the sweet seed of His love to us.
Our love, then, has for its parent the love of God shed abroad in the heart: but after it is thus divinely born, it must “be divinely nourished”.
Love is an exotic– it is not a plant which will flourish naturally in human soil, it must be watered from above. Love to Jesus is a flower of a delicate nature, and if it received no nourishment but that which could be drawn from the rock of our hearts it would soon wither.
As love comes from heaven, so it must feed on heavenly bread. It cannot exist in the wilderness unless it be fed by manna from on high.
Love must feed on love.
The very soul and life of our love to God is His love to us.
“I love Thee, Lord, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love Thee, Lord; but all the love is Thine,
For by Thy love I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in Thee.”
If Christ has our love…
If Christ has our LOVE He has our ALL; and Christ never has what He deserves from us, until 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. He will have the use of all our resources, and gifts, and graces. Indeed, then He shall have our possessions, 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 truly good for us. He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? [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. ”
“The desire of our soul is to Thy name, and to the remembrance of Thee. With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early!” [Isaiah 26:8,9]