THE HIGHEST JOY
“The richest, the most celestial, the most transporting joy that mortal mind can know is a full assurance of the love of God” C.H. Spurgeon (ref#255, p27).
How can we be assured GOD loves us? It will do us no good to assure ourselves that we love GOD.
“The picture of the Bible is not that people are ever seeking for God because they love Him. That is the popular theology—that men and women are seeking God and that God responds to their request. Not at all (ref#255, p23)! “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us…”(1 John 4:10 ESV).
GOD convinces us that He loves us through His written Word and through His Word lived out in His Son: “To us, the greatest demonstration of God’s love for us has been his sending his only Son into the world to give us life through him. We see real love, not in that fact that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to make personal atonement for our sins”(1 John 4:9-10 Phillips)
“The more thy glories strike my eyes
The humbler I shall lie;
Thus, while I sink, my joys shall rise
Unmeasurably high” Isaac Watts (ref#224, song, 475).