To Ponder:

“If any man does not love the Lord Jesus Christ–he shall be accursed!” 1 Corinthians 16:22. If Christ has our love–then He has our ALL! Christ never has our all from us–until He has our love. Love withholds nothing from Christ, when it is sincerely set upon Him. Then He shall have our time, and He shall have our service, and He shall have the use of all our abilities, and gifts, and graces! Yes, then He shall have our estates and our very lives–when He calls for them. As when God loves any of us–He will withhold nothing from us that is good for us; no, not even His own only begotten Son! Romans 8:32. And when Christ loves us, then He gives all unto us: His merits to justify us, His Spirit to sanctify us, His grace to adorn us, His glory to crown us! Just so, when any of us love Christ sincerely, we lay all down at His feet, and give up all to be at His command and service! “And they did not love their lives unto the death!” Revelation 12:11. Love gives the character to a man, according as the object is, which he superlatively loves. As is the love–such is the man. As is the love–such might you boldly call the man. If he is a lover of honor–then he is an ambitious man. If he is a lover of pleasure–then he is a voluptuous man. If he chiefly loves the world–then he is he is a covetous man. If he loves holiness–then he is he is a pious man. If he loves the things above–then he is a heavenly-minded man. If he loves Christ with a predominant love–then he is a Christian man! “The upright love You!” Song of Songs 1:4. (Thomas Doolittle, “Love to Christ Necessary to Escape the Curse at His Coming!” 1693)

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