Loving Christ Practically (3) – Read About Him

3. If we love a person, we like to read about them.

What intense pleasure a letter from an absent husband gives to a wife, or a letter from an absent son to his mother. Others may see little worth notice in the letter. They can scarcely take the trouble to read it through. But those who love the writer see something in the letter which no one else can. They carry it about with them as a treasure. They read it over and over again. Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ! The true Christian delights to read the Scriptures, because they tell them about their beloved Savior. It is no wearisome task for them to read them. They rarely need reminding about taking their Bible with them when they go on a journey. They cannot be happy without it. And why is all this? It is because the Scriptures testify of Him whom their soul loves, even Christ.

~ J.C. Ryle Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, “Do You Love Me?”, [Moscow, ID: Charles Nolan Publishing, 2001], 294-297.

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