1 JOHN 2
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5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
A Higher Love
Now, love in the truth is a very different affair from all these [The World's Love Ephemeral] ; it is quite a higher thing, in every respect; higher in the conditions it requires for its activity-higher in the nature of its action. It is at once a more delicate and more enduring thing, more refined, and more tough.
It lays hold of, and has relation to, a much higher aspect of being. It deals with higher things. It mounts to God, stretches to futurity, and strikes root deeply into the very foundations of being while the love of the world ignores God, fixes on the present only, and has relation to the mere surface of things.
Bro Roberts- Exhort 6.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Love in the truth must start with the truth; it cannot make a beginning without it. You will find, as a matter of religious experience, that our love is bounded by the truth. It cannot be bestowed in a very warm form where the truth is unknown, and still less where it is opposed and rejected.
Where the truth is received there is a starting point; but even after that, the degree of its intensity is determined by conditions. Personal love will exist in the ratio of the love existing for the truth itself. You have only to pass in review the different classes of people professing the truth to see the truth of this.
Bro Roberts- Exhort 6.
It can surely be only those whose consciences are not void of offence toward God and men, who contemplate their appearance in His presence with affright. They are, doubtless, conscious of disaffection and disloyalty to the truth ; of not walking worthy of the vocation wherewith they are called ; of conformity to the world upon the things of which their affections are placed, and of glorying in pursuits of which they ought rather to be ashamed.
Professors who are making for themselves a record of this sort, have reason to be affrighted ; for, " if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him " ; and the world's friends are God's enemies (1 John ii. 15 ; James iv. 4) ; hence, for such, the expectation of standing before Christ in full angelic assize, is " a certain fearful looking-or of judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries " (Heb. x. 27)...
...If it be His purpose to demand account from every one, of himself, before he confers upon him, through the Spirit, life everlasting, that purpose will assuredly stand. And that it is His pleasure so to do, is emphatically and explicitly taught in the word. Paul, who testifies it among others, did not view it with dismay, although he says that evil as well as good is then to be dispensed. He was conscious of having done well, and he knew that such would be accepted (Gen. iv.7).
...Surely, they who are keeping the faith, and earnestly desiring " the appearing of the glory of the great God and Saviour Jesus Christ," may view the judgment of that day, now so close at hand, as cheerfully.
It is only evil doers that have reason to be afraid.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
There is no sin in desire or lust itself; it can be good or bad. The sin is in what is desired and why.
The reason why the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are of the world and ungodly is because they are all aspects of selfishness -- desires to get, and to gratify self.
We must get at the root of the desire. Is it a desire to GET, or a desire to GIVE? -- a desire to gratify ourselves or a desire to please God?
We must desire to give: seek opportunity to give, center all our pleasure and satisfaction in giving; be thankful of any opportunity, however small and insignificant, of giving, for -- said Jesus -- it is more blessed, more happy, more satisfying, more enjoyable to give than to get.
We must put aside all desire to get as evil, deceptive, self-destroying misdesire. Temptation, if traced to its roots, always works through the desire of getting something -- wanting something -- not being satisfied -- not being willing in thankfulness to accept God's way and God's provision.
-Strong crying and tears.