Loving Christ Practically (4) – Enjoy Pleasing Him

4. If we love a person, we like to please them.

We are glad to consult their tastes and opinions, to act upon their advice and do the things which they approve. We even deny ourselves to meet their wishes, abstain from things which we know they dislike and learn things to which we are not naturally inclined, because we think it will give them pleasure. Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ! The true Christian studies to please Him, by being holy both in body and spirit. Show them anything in their daily practice that Christ hates, and they will give it up. Show them anything that Christ delights in, and they will follow after it. They do not murmur at Christ’s requirements as being too strict and severe, as the children of the world do. To them Christ’s commandments are not grievous, and Christ’s burden is light. And why is all this? Simply because they love Him.

~ 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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