Thursday, April 25, 2019

Singh: motives for worship

Thursday, April 25, 2019
    Feast of Mark the Evangelist
    There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
    —1 John 4:18 (NIV)
    Should I worship Him from fear of hell, may I be cast into it. Should I serve Him from desire of gaining heaven, may He keep me out. But should I worship Him from love alone, may He reveal Himself to me, that my whole heart may be filled with His love and presence.
    ... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), Meditations on Various Aspects of the Spiritual Life [1926], London Macmillan & Co., 1926, p. 9-10 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 4:18; Ps. 88:15-16; Matt. 5:48; Luke 16:22-31; Rom. 2:7-8; Jas. 2:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, purify my love for You.
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