Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | March 2, 2008

Our Love Kept for Jesus

‘Keep my love; my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure-store.’

He [God] has created us to love.  We have a sealed treasure of love, which either remains sealed, and then gradually dries up and wastes away, or is unsealed and poured out, and yet is the fuller and not the emptier for the outpouring.  The more love we give, the more we have to give.  So far it is only natural.  But when the Holy Spirit reveals the love of Christ, and sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts, this natural love is penetrated with a new principle as it discovers a new Object.  Everything that it beholds in that Object gives it new depth and new colours.  As it sees the holiness, the beauty, and the glory, it takes the deep hues of conscious sinfulness, uworthiness, and nothingness.  As it sees even a glimpse of the love that passeth knowledge, it takes the glow of wonder and gratitude.  And when it sees that love drawing close to its deepest need with blood-purchased pardon, it is intensified and stirred, and there is no more time for weighing and measuring; we must pour it out, all there is of it, with our tears, at the feet that were pierced for love of us. . .
The love of Christ is not an absorbing, but a radiating love.  The more we love Him, the more we shall most certainly love others.  Some have not much natural power of loving, but the love of Christ will strengthen it.  Some have had the springs of love dried up by some terrible earthquake.  They will find ‘fresh springs’ in Jesus, and the gentle flow will be purer and deeper than the old torrent could ever be.  Some have been satisfied that it should rush in a narrow channel, but He will cause it to overflow into many another, and widen its course of blessing.  Some have spent it all on their God-given dear ones.  Now He is come whose right it is; and yet in the fullest resumption of that right, He is so gracious that He puts back an even larger measure of the old love into our hand, sanctified with His own love, and energized with His blessing, and srengthened with His new commandment, ‘That ye love one another, as I have loved you.’. . .
There is no love so deep and wide as that which is kept for Jesus.  It flows both fuller and farther when it flows only through Him.  Then, too, it will be a power for Him.  It will always be unconsciously working for Him.  In drawing others to ourselves by it, we shall be necessarily drawing them nearer to the fountain of our love, never drawing them away from it.  It is the great magnet of His love which alone can draw any heart to Him; but when our own are thoroughly yielded to its mighty influence, they will be so magnetized that He will condescend to use them in this way.
It is not wonderful to think that the Lord Jesus will not only accept and keep, but actually see our love?
‘Of Thine own have we given Thee,’ for ‘we love Him because He first loved us.’

Set apart to love Him,
And His love to know;
Not to waste affection
On a passing show;
Called to give Him life and heart,
Called to pour the hidden treasure,
That none other claims to measure,
Into His beloved hand!  thence bless’ed ‘set apart’!

–Frances Ridley Havergal from KEPT FOR THE MASTER’S USE

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