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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Doctrine Without Love

"My little children, let us not love in word, neither  in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John 3:18)

The blight of the Pharisee's heart in olden times was doctrine without love. With the teachings of the Pharisees Christ had little quarrel, but with the pharisaic spirit He carried on unceasing warfare to the end.

It was religion that put Christ on the Cross, religion without the indwelling Spirit. An unblessed soul filled with the letter of truth may actually be worse off than a pagan kneeling before a fetish.

We are safe only when the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, only when our intellects are indwelt by the loving Fire that came at Pentecost. For the Holy Spirit is not a luxury, not something added now and again to produce a deluxe type of Christian once in a generation.

No, He is for every child of God a vital necessity, and that He fill and indwell His people is more than a languid hope. It is rather an inescapable imperative.

They that walk in the King's holy way must have pure hearts, gentle tongues, loving ways,happy faces and restful lives.

~A. W. Tozer~

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