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Oh, That We Might Love Him More!

By C. H. MacIlravy

    Oh, that we might love Him more! that our love might be more pure and unselfish!  Even a little turning of our faces toward Him with determination to go on into all He has bought for us, and He hastens to meet us.  How His heart is ravished by one glance of our eye, by the turning of our hearts and lives, our aims, purposes, and desires Christward.

    No words can express how bright and beautiful in the eyes of Christ, are all the expressions and tokens of love which a devoted heart offers to Him.  The praise and gratitude from the truly consecrated heart, the loss of friends and reputation for His dear sake, the persecution that comes from His Name’s sake – are better than all good to Him who has suffered such pain for us.

    It was that He might redeem the bride and have her love for Himself alone that He poured out His blood.  He bought her with all that she is, and has a right to all the love that she can give.  He paid a great price for her, even His own precious blood, and He paid this great price because He loved her with an everlasting love.  The least she can do is to pour out her love and devotion at His feet, to give Him every token of her fidelity that a redeemed soul can give.

    – Condensed from Christ And His Bride.