He Is Worthy of Love

God does not force the will or judgment of any.  He takes no pleasure in a slavish obedience.  He desires that the creatures of His hands shall love Him because He is worthy of love.  He would have them obey Him because they have an intelligent appreciation of His wisdom, justice, and benevolence.  And all who have a just conception of these qualities will love Him because they are drawn toward Him in admiration of His attributes.

E. G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 541

There are two errors against which the children of God–particularly those who have just come to trust in His grace–especially need to guard.  The first, already dwelt upon, is that of looking to their own works, trusting to anything they can do, to bring themselves into harmony with God.  He who is trying to become holy by his own works in keeping the law, is attempting an impossibility.  All that man can do without Christ is polluted with selfishness and sin.  It is the grace of Christ alone, through faith, that can make us holy.

The opposite and no less dangerous error is that belief in Christ releases men from keeping the law of God; that since by faith alone we become partakers of the grace of Christ, our works have nothing to do with our redemption.

But notice here that obedience is not a mere outward compliance, but the service of love.  The law of God is an expression of His very nature; it is an embodiment of the great principle of love, and hence is the foundation of His government in heaven and earth.  If our hearts are renewed in the likeness of God, if the divine love is implanted in the soul, will not the law of God be carried out in the life?  When the principle of love is implanted in the heart, when man is renewed after the image of Him that created him, the new-covenant promise is fulfilled, “I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.”  Hebrews 10:16  And if the law is written in the heart, will it not shape the life?  Obedience–the service and allegiance of love–is the true sign of discipleship.  Thus the Scripture says, “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.”  “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  I John 5:3; 2:4  Instead of releasing man from obedience, it is faith, and faith only, that makes us partakers of the grace of Christ, which enables us to render obedience.

E. G. White, Steps To Christ, pp. 59-61

Faith in Jesus does not make void the law, but establishes it, and will work the fruits of obedience in our lives…

The church that Christ presents before the throne of His glory is without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”  Do you want to be among those who have washed their robes of character in the blood of the lamb?  then, “cease to do evil; learn to do well”; walk in the commandments and ordnance of your God blameless.  You are not to ask whether it suits your convenience to keep the truth of heaven.  You are to take up your cross and follow Jesus, cost what it may.  You will find that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

E. G. White, Review and Herald, June 22, 1911


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