Tonight my Dad came into my room and handed me two books. He said, “I’ve been thinking a lot about you and I think you should read these.” Knowing my Dad, these books are going to be good for me. The one I started reading tonight is titled Wholly For God by William Law (1976). It is a compilation of Law’s writings put together by Andrew Murray. Part I of the book is on The Spirit of Love. This is the opening paragraph:
My Dear Friend, you say, there is nothing in all my writings that has more affected you than that spirit of love that breathes in them; and that you wish for nothing so much as to have a living sensibility of that power, life, and religion of love. But you have this objection often rising in your mind, that this doctrine of pure and universal love may be too refined and imaginary; because you find that, however, you like it, yet you cannot attain to it, or overcome all that in your nature which is contrary to it, do what you can; and so are only able to be an admirer of that love which you cannot lay hold of. This objection will fall into nothing, as soon as you look at it from a right point of view; which will then be, as soon as you have found the true ground for the nature, power, and necessity of the blessed spirit of love.
To say the least, I am now curious as to what this book has in store for me. He just defined me. Over the past two years I’ve been struggling with/in awe of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Agape is perfect love, something I dream of attaining. I remain “an admirer of that love which I cannot lay hold of.”
I love my Dad. This has gotten me really pumped about 2013. It’s time to step up to the plate and devote myself wholly to the Lord. :)