Search Me O God. By Gilbert Growcott
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All Nations
As A Young Man
Be Not Faithless
Be Swift
Be Ye Holy
Behold
Being Fruitful
Beware Lest
Burning Fire
But In Understanding
Buy
Christ Our Passover
Cleanseth
Comparing Themselves
Desire Milk
Do Good
Do Not Keep
Draw Nigh
Everlasting
Every Spirit
First Last
Follow Right
Fullness
Give None
God Is Love
Godliness
Grace
Grow Up
Guide
Heart
Helper
Him Only
Hold
Humble Yourselves
Humble Yourselves There
I Rejoice
I Will Offer
Keep Covenant
Lay Up For Yourselves
Lead
Let Thy Light
Let Us Not Judge
Let Your Joy
Life
Life Eternal
Love And Trib
Love Enemies
Love Is Of God
Love The Lord
Man Soweth
Marriage
My Heart
My Soul
My Soul Thirsteth
Ourselves Also
Paths
Pleasure
Proud
Put Not Trust
Renewed In Spirit
Sacrifices
Salvation
Seven
Soul
Strange Doctrines
The Desire
The Flesh Deceitful
The Flesh Lusteth
The Zeal
Therefore Choose Life
They Shall Prosper
They That Seek
This Is The Way
Thoughts
Thy Word
To Tell
Transformed
Tribulation
Truth
Try Me
Uncorruptness
Walk Worthy
Who
Whole Heart
Wisdom
Without Excuse
Wonderful
Work Out
Workman
Yahweh Strength

They Shall Prosper That Love Thee (Psa. 122:6)

Love of God. That is the ultimate. That is life. That is peace. That is power. That is everything. That is the Pearl of Great Price for which a man gives away all he has -- and is thereby infinitely enriched. The "of" is significantly ambiguous. It is not just love FOR God or love FROM God. It is the inseparable unity of both -- necessarily puny from the human side, a transforming flood from the divine side: but necessarily total for both. The mutual totality is the essence. Love is a total giving without reserve. "Love" has many meanings, but its supreme meaning is a perfect two-way union of heart and mind. How do we achieve the exquisite, absolute peace of its perfection? Principally -- almost entirely -- it is simply a yielding and a self-emptying. All good and perfect gifts come from God and must come from God; and love is the ultimate, crowning good. Man cannot create it. Man cannot create anything. He must seek it from above, as a flower seeks life from the sun. Man's contribution is the yearning and the desire: the rigorous self-emptying of everything else: of every other love. That is, every other love that could mar, or obscure, or dilute the perfection of this love. The "love" that pours forth to all creation is the result and flower and fruit of this love: the second commandment, whose fulfillment follows inevitably upon the achievement of the first commandment. The love of God, and it alone, has the power to change fleshliness to spirituality, filth to cleanliness, ugliness to beauty -- if we will only have the wisdom to choose beauty -- and faith and courage to yield ourselves wholly to it without reserve.

 

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