Thursday, April 16, 2009

Singh: motives for worship

April 16, 2009

    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], Kessinger Publishing, 2003, pp. 9-10 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, purify my love for You.

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