Loving Christ Practically (8) – Like Being With Him, Always

8. If we love a person, we like to be always with them.

Thinking and hearing and reading and occasionally talking are all well in their way. But when we really love people we want something more. We long to be always in their company. We wish to be continually in their society, and to hold communion with them without interruption or farewell. Well, it is just so between the true Christian and Christ!The heart of a true Christian longs for that blessed day when they will see their Master face to face. They long to be done with sinning and repenting and believing and to begin that endless life when they shall see as they have been seen, and sin no more. They have found it sweet to live by faith, and they feel it will be sweeter still to live by sight. They have found it pleasant to hear of Christ and talk of Christ and read of Christ. How much more pleasant will it be to see Christ with their own eyes, and never to leave them any more! “Better,” they feel, “is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire” (Eccl. 6:9). 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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