Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How Much Influence?

The love of Christ! What a motive to one who has felt its constraining influence! Can we say that we have not only experienced the love of Christ to us but have felt in return, the outgoings of love to our blessed Savior?

How much influence has the love of Christ had over us? Has it led us to practice self-denial for Jesus' sake? Has it fed the flame of our devotions? Has it been the secret spring of our charities? Do we daily go up to Calvary, and study our obligations at the foot of the cross?

See, on that cross, the adorable Savior! Behold Him, who is the equal of the Father, stretched in bleeding agony expiring under an inconceivable weight of sorrow to redeem us wretched, guilty men! All this He does  to rescue us from sin and from Hell, to make us heirs of God, to purchase for us an unfading and incorruptible inheritance!

And what have we ever done for Him? Let us weep, that we have made such returns of ingratitude and sin. Let us renew our vows at the foot of the cross. O let us go forth to our work with increased diligence.

[Jared Waterbury]

2 Corinthians 5:14 ... For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

Romans 14:8 ... For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

Galatians 6:14 ... But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.❤