Friday, April 11, 2008

real true love

Oh, the height! Oh the depth!(Thomas Vincent, "Love to the Unseen Christ")"Because of His great love that He had for us!" Ephesians 2:4 "We love Him—because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19Christian! Christ loves you with the FREEST love. There are many motives and attractions for your love to Christ—but Christ's love to you is most free. There is nothing in yourselves to draw and engage His love—except your deformity and enmity to Him;except filthiness which He loathes, and wickedness which His soul hates; these are the only motives. There is no man in the world who loves you, but he finds or fancies something to be a motive to draw his love to you. Wit is a motive to some, wealth is a motive to others, beauty is a motive to some, strength is a motive to others, near relation is a motive to some, dear love is a motive to others, liberality is a motive to some, service is a motive to others, greatness is a motive to some, goodness is a motive to others, likeness, whether it is in good or evil, is a motive to the love of the most. But Christ's love to you is altogether free! That which is a motive to men, and induces their love to you—is no motive to incline the love of Christ.The sin which you brought into the world with you, and the many sins which, since you came into the world, have been committed by you, are enough to shut out all motives of love in Christ, unto whom all sin is so odious and abominable!Whatever motive induces Christ to love you, it was not drawn from yourselves—but it was drawn from His own affectionate heart! Will not this free love of Christ to you—incline you to love Him? Does He love you most freely, and will you not love Him most dearly? Did Christ love you without any motive to draw His love—and will you not love Christ, in whom there are so many motives to draw your love? Did Christ love you with all your sinfulness and vileness—and will you not love Him in whom there is such perfect beauty? Christ's free and sovereign love, is a matter of the greatest admiration—and should be a motive for the greatest affection unto Him.Christ loves you with the TRUEST love.The love of Christ is not in the least selfish,and for His own ends. He does not love you to receive good from you—but that He might do good unto you. He chiefly He evidences His love in affliction and adversity. He is a present help in the time of trouble, and then gives the most tender demonstrations of His love. He istouched with the feelings of your infirmities when you are tempted; and sympathizes with you in your sorrows when you are afflicted. He shows His love in visiting you under your troubles, in supporting you, in relieving you, and in delivering you. Oh! What love should you have unto the Lord Jesus Christ—who loves you with such a true and sincere love!Christ loves you with the STRONGEST love. His love is stronger than death. The strength of Christ's love to you, shows itself in what He has done for you! It was the strong love of Christ, which brought Him down from heaven for you, to assume your nature. What kind of love was this—that God should become man!That He who made the world—should be born of a poor virgin, and all for your sakes!It was the love of Christ, which made Him lay down His life for you. John 15:13-14, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends!" That such a person as Christ, so excellent, so innocent—should undergo death, and such a death as that of the cross—so disgraceful, so painful; that He should submit to such ignominy, and endure such agony—and with such resolution and willingness, with such submission and patience—and that for such as you, who were His enemies—here was love stronger than death! Oh, the height! Oh the depth of this love! There are such depths in this love of Christ, as the longest line of your most extended thoughts and imaginations, can never be able to reach and measure!"May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it!" Ephesians 3:19
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