Communion With God, by Herman Hoeksema - 50% OFF!
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«Oh, say not that you love him when you walk in darkness. For he who loves me keeps my words. And say not that the Father in Christ came to you and made his abode with you, if you do not walk in that active love. If you do, you are a liar. For if a man love me and keep my words, then the Father will love him and we will come unto him and make our abode with him. But what then? How shall these things be? Must we, then, love him first, in order that we may make ourselves worthy of his love or receptive to his love? Must we first prepare our hearts as a suitable abode for him, before he will come and receive us into his home? God forbid! Love is always of God. He loves us first. Our love is but the return to him of his own love. He loved us in the blood of the cross, while we were still enemies. Yet the sphere of love, created within us by himself in our hearts, is the only sphere in which he will dwell with us. And in the way of keeping his word we taste his blessed fellowship. Here in small beginning. Soon in heavenly fullness. Blessed hope!» ~ Pages 14-15.
«"And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness" (Colossians 3:14). Love above all. Love is meant in the text by the word charity, which in the course of time gradually came to denote what originally was only one of its connotations. Above all put on love. You are the elect of God, holy and beloved. Thus the word of God had addressed the church of Christ in the near context. As the elect of God, they were chosen to the praise of his glory. Now, in this present evil world, they are ordained that they may be children of light in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. Presently, when time shall be no more, it is their glorious election that they may be partakers of the glory that the Father gave to Christ Jesus, the firstborn of every creature, the beginning, the first begotten of the dead, in the new heavens and the new earth, the incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that never fades away. As holy and beloved they have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him who created him. Therefore, they still must put off the deeds of the old man. Having put off, they must put off always, by constant watching and praying and fighting the good fight, all uncleanness, fornication, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, covetousness (which is idolatry), anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, and lying to one another. Having put on, they still must put on daily, continuously, bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, assuming an attitude of forbearance and forgiveness toward one another, remembering that Christ forgave them. And above all put on love! Not, over and above all the other spiritual virtues put on love. Not, after you have put on all the other graces, add love to them. But, love is the greatest of all, the root and fountainhead of all spiritual virtues. Without love, outside of the sphere of love, none of the other graces can possibly adorn your life. Therefore, put on love as the principal thing. Above all, love!» ~ Pages 322-323.
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