Monday, December 11, 2006

A new commandment I give unto you, That
ye love one another; as I have loved you
that ye also love one another.

~ John 13:34 ~

Jesus says, "Love one another as I have
loved you." Love is not simply an impulse
a transitory emotion, dependent upon
circumstances; it is a living principle, a
permanent power. The soul is fed by the streams
of pure love that flow from the heart of
Christ, as a well-spring that never fails.
O, how is the heart quickened, how are its
motives ennobled, its affections deepened, by
this communion! Under the education and
discipline of the Holy Spirit, the children
of God love one another, truly, sincerely,
unaffectedly,-"without partiality, and without
hypocrisy." And this because the heart is in
.love with Jesus

Our affection for one another springs from our
common relation to God. We are one family, we
love one another as He loved us. When compared
with this true, sanctified, disciplined affection
the shallow courtesy of the world, the meaningless
expression of effusive friendship, are as chaff
to the wheat.

To love as Christ loved means to manifest
unselfishness at all times and in all places, by
kind words and pleasant looks. . . . Genuine love
is a precious attribute of heavenly origin, which
increases its fragrance in proportion as it is
dispensed to others. . .

Christ's love is deep and earnest, flowing like
an irrepressible stream to all who will accept
it. There is no selfishness in His love. If this
heaven-born love is an abiding principle in
the heart, it will make itself known, not only to
those we hold most dear in sacred relationship, but
to all with whom we come in contact. It will lead us
to bestow little acts of attention, to make
concessions, to perform deeds of kindness, to speak
tender, true, encouraging words. It will lead us to
sympathize with those whose hearts hunger for sympathy.

_ By Ellen G. White

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