The Blessed Privilege of Loving Him

Oct 24, 2016
Augustus Toplady

In 1 John 4:19 we read, “We love him, because he first loved us.”
Whom should we love, if not him who loved us, and gave himself for us?
If the bliss even of angels and glorified souls consists greatly in seeing, and praising, the Son of God, surely to love, to trust, and to celebrate the friend of sinners, must be a principal ingredient in the happiness of saints not yet made perfect.
Solomon, whose experience of grace was lively and triumphant when he wrote the Song of Songs, declares in the fifth chapter that Christ is, “altogether lovely” (5:16).
Other objects may be overrated, and too highly esteemed; but so transcendent, so infinite, is the excellency of Christ that He is, and will be to all eternity, more lovely than beloved.
Yet, though all the love possible for saints and angels to show falls—and will always fall—infinitely short of the Savior’s due: still it is a blessed privilege, to love him at all, though in ever so faint a manner, and in ever so low a degree.
They that love him at all, wish to love him more: and more and more they shall love him, through the ages of endless duration, in heaven, where they shall be like him, and see him as He is.

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