Tuesday, November 30, 2010

True Love - A way of life

Preface: I have been thoroughly enjoying studying through Testimony Treasures. I find the solid counsel and balanced approach to life refreshing and indispensable.
The following excerpts are taken from Volume I, p. 208 - 211.

True Love

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in nature.

It looks beyond mere externals and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding. God tests us by the common occurrences of life. It is the little thing which reveal the chapters of the heart...

It will be found at last that the denial of self for the good and happiness of those around us constitutes a large share of the life record in heaven.

Love is power.

Intellectual and moral strength are involved in this principle, and cannot be separated from it.

Whatsoever is done out of pure love, be it ever so little or contemptible in the sight of men, is wholly fruitful; for God regards more with how much love one worketh than the amount he doeth.

Love is of God.

Love cannot live without action, and every act increases, strengthens, and extends it.

Love will gain the victory when argument and authority are powerless.

Love works not for profit nor reward; yet God has ordained that great gain shall be the certain result of every labor of love.

Love is diffusive in its nature and quiet in its operation, yet strong and mighty in its purpose to overcome great evils.

Love is melting and transforming in its influence, and will take hold of the lives of the sinful and affect their hearts when every other means has proved unsuccessful.

Pure love is simple in its operations and is distinct from any other principle of action.

Love should be cherished and cultivated, for its influence is divine.

1 comment:

The View from Great Island said...

Thanks Caitlin. These are priceless.