The Gift of the Holy Spirit
“When He shines on the historic Christ, all the great and gray outlines spring into glorious relief and colour and beauty, and the soul, amazed, calls out “My LORD and my God.” When the Holy Spirit has begun His gracious work in your soul and heart by making it tremendously expectant, you see a new light on the Cross and the “martyr” becomes the Saviour of the world.
Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgression, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement for our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed – Isaiah 53: 4-5
Though it is too difficult, nay impossible, to trace that God is Love by mere unaided human intellect, it is not impossible to the intuitions of faith. Lift up your eyes and look abroad over the whole earth, and in the administration of God’s moral government you will begin to discern that God is Love; that over sin, war, death and hell He reigns Supreme; that His purposes are ripening fast.
We must, by holy contemplation of all we have considered, keep ourselves in the Love of God then we shall not be able to despond for long. The love of God performs a miracle of grace in graceless human hearts. Human love and lesser loves must wither into the most glorious and highest love of all – the Love of God. Then we shall see not only each other’s faults, we shall see the highest possibilities in each other, and shall love each other for what God will yet make of us. Nothing is too hard for God, no sin too difficult for His love to overcome, not a failure but He can make it a success.
God is Love. One brief sentence; you can print it on a ring: It is the Gospel. A time is coming when the whole round world will know that God Reigns and that God is Love, when hell and heaven, life and death, sin and salvation, will be read and understood aright at last.
God is Love.
A puzzle text, to be solved slowly, as with tears and penitence, by prayer and joy, by vision and faith, and, last, by death.”
– Oswald Chambers, The Love of God