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Love's Litmus

March 22

 “Charity never faileth: ..."  1 Corinthians 13:8


"... love left the scale when the LORD cried out: "... it is finished"






What an inexhaustible topic to consider!  What an uncertain certainty! ... for who has fully known "the love of CHRIST, which passeth knowledge".  To plunge love's depths is to be swept up by its fountainhead for: "GOD is love ...".  The "charity" of Heaven knows no percentile:  "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."  GOD'S love, though, could not limit itself there: "For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?  Ponder afresh the scene of HIS cross; for love would never know another litmus like that dark day.  "... in due time CHRIST died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But GOD commendeth HIS love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us."  Oh how utterly inestimable! ... love left the scale when the LORD cried out: "... it is finished".  Charity was brought to critical mass at Calvary and a fusion of love and hatred exploded forth which energizes our world yet today: "because the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY GHOST which is given unto us."

The natural man dwells in the stagnant well of cynicism, and justifiably so, given that all around us tends to failure.  The empty tomb of CHRIST however is the end of entropy! ... and from its demise arose the age of agape.  Likewise there: "now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."  Thus the litmus is in our lap; and in it we either prove Calvary a farce to be denied or a force to be reckoned with:

  • "By this shall all men know that ye are MY disciples, if ye have love one to another."

  • "If a man say, I love GOD, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love GOD whom he hath not seen?"

  • "... thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself"

  • "Husbands, love your wives, even as CHRIST also loved the church, and gave HIMSELF for it;"

  • "If ye love ME, keep MY commandments."

"Who shall separate us from the love of CHRIST? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through HIM that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD."
Yes beloved, the consummate "charity" of the cross fused the spit of man with the tears of GOD to form an a-fissionable bond now effective to reach a cynical world in the power of HIS love. 

"For GOD hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our LORD, ..."

For Love of Country
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863)
(U. S. Confederate General)

"My precious pet -- Yesterday, we fought a great battle and gained a great victory for which all the glory is due to GOD alone ... My preservation was entirely due, as was the glorious victory, to our GOD, to WHOM be all the honor, grace, and glory. "

(a letter to his wife on July 22, 1863 after the battle of Manassas)

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