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Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Paradox of Love

"...my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee ... to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary" (Psalm 63:1-2)

To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul's paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. St. Bernard stated this holy paradox in a musical quatrain that will be instantly understood by every worshiping soul:

We taste Tee, O Thou Living Bread,
And long to feast upon Thee still:
We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead
And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

Each of the fruits of the Spirit is but a phase of love. Joy is love exulting; peace is love reposing; patience is love enduring; goodness is the good manners of love; kindness is love in action; faithfulness is love confiding; gentleness is love yielding; and self-control is true self-love.

~A. W. Tozer~

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