March 17

 

But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.  “Luke 11:9

 

Christ’s love is personal.  He chooses man by name personally and distinctly.  ‘He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out’ (John 10:3).  Some have questioned how Christ can love us when he denies many temporal blessings.  Outward blessings however are never a sign of love or hatred.  You cannot conclude that Christ hates you because he afflicts; or that he loves you because you are blessed in temporal blessings.  The smallest drop of grace is a greater sign of Christ’s love than all the glory and pleasures of the earth.  Otherwise, it might be said that Dives was loved, and Lazarus hated (Luke 16).  Festus would be in more favour with Christ than Paul, and even Christ himself would be unloved by the Father.  Afflictions are far from being signs of Christ’s hatred.  Many times they are evidence of his love (Heb. 12:6-11).  The people of God only lack what is bad for them.  God has promised to withhold no good thing.  A father who loves his child only keeps things from him for his good, because he loves him.  You can conclude that if you lack something of enjoyment, it is withheld since it is not best for you.  It is no defect in the love of Christ, but a defect in what you are asking for.  God’s love is infinite and eternal, without beginning and without end.  It had no limits to its endurance.  How shall we enter into Christ’s love?  Seek to be like him in holiness and obey all his commands.  Avoid all that Christ hates and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.  When Christ speaks, do not act as if you did not hear.  Where there is disobedience, there is a covenant with hell and a league with Satan.  O what madness it is to prefer lust before the love of Christ.  Use all means to know his will, and obey it immediately and cheerfully.  God loves a cheerful doer.

 

 

Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life

 

In this classic devotional, John Calvin urges readers to apply the Christian life in a balanced way to mind, heart, and hand. Rather than focusing on contemplative otherworldliness, the book stresses the importance of a devotedly active Christian life. In style and spirit, this book is much like Augustine’s Confessions, Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, or Thomas à Kempis’s Imitation of Christ. However, its intense practicality sets it apart, making it easily accessible for any reader seeking to carry out Christian values in everyday life. Chapter themes include obedience, self-denial, the significance of the cross, and how we should live our lives today.

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