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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

 
Love in Our Hearts MAY 2

THE SPONTANEITY OF LOVEó1

And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Gen. 5:24.

Enoch was perfect in his relationship with God. He was translated by God to heaven without seeing death because he was fitted for the company of perfect beings. He walked with God in love.

The gift of salvation in Christ means that we actually share in the essential life and quality of God's love. We are committed to Him with unreserved devotion. We know that Christ will continue to work out His own righteousness in us. We are sure of the sufficiency of His love. The everlasting love of God for us, the eternal vigilance of the angels toward us, both unite us to the living God. We will not allow anything to come between us and Christ. We know exactly what this means within the family relationship. The love relationship that exists between husband and wife, parents and children, prevents any divisive, separating thing to come between them.

We do not think of this love relationship with Christ in terms of a point system, conformity to rules and norms. Loving Christ with all our hearts, minds, and strength does not issue in isolated religious accomplishments. To have Christ in our hearts means that it is with Him that we are concerned and occupied. We witness to Him, not to ourselves or to our achievements, even in religion. Our love for Christ does not focus the spotlight on ourselves. We are not attempting to square our lives with any rule of law. We have become one with Christ in life and purpose. We glorify Christ, not ourselves.

To believe that we have finally arrived at perfection in all of God's requirements so that we are now superior and among the top people religiously is not the answer. Christ alone is our sole and sufficient perfection and righteousness. Our lives are hid with Christ in God. Walking with God in love is the principal thing. "Looking unto Jesus" becomes the measure of the ideal we wish for ourselves. All we can do is to permit Christ to love and to save us to the uttermost. In our possession of Him and His possession of us, faith and hope work continually toward the Christlike ideal.

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