THE LOVE OF GOD
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecute”
“The love of God is something more than a mere negation; it is a positive and active principle, a living spring, ever flowing to bless others. If the love of Christ dwells in us, we shall not only cherish no hatred toward our fellows, but we shall seek in every way to manifest love toward them. Jesus said, “If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remembers that thy brother hath aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” The sacrificial offerings expressed faith that through Christ the offeror had become a partaker of the mercy and love of God. But for one to express faith in God’s pardoning love, while he himself indulged an unloving spirit, would be a mere farce. –Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, p. 58.
Many are zealous in religious services, while between them and their brethren are unhappy differences which they might reconcile. God requires them to do all in their power to restore harmony. Until they do this, He cannot accept their services. The Christian’s duty in this matter is clearly pointed out.” –The Desire of Ages, p. 310.
Questions to think about:
What does “the love of God” mean?
Do we think, that in case we have an unloving spirit, it would be a mere farce to think and claim we are Christian?
Do we understand that God requires from us to do all in our power to restore harmony?