The grand secret!
(Octavius Winslow, "Evening Thoughts")
"This is real love. It is not that we loved God — but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." 1 John 4:10
Deal much and closely with a crucified Savior! This is the grand secret of a constant ascending of the affections to God. If you find it difficult to comprehend the love of God towards you — then read it in the cross of His dear Son!
Dwell upon this amazing fact,
drink into this precious truth,
muse upon it,
search into it,
pray over it,
until your heart is melted down, and broken, and overwhelmed with God's wondrous love to you, in the gift of Jesus!
Oh, how will this rekindle the flame that is ready to die in your bosom! How it will draw you up in a holy and unreserved surrender of body, soul, and spirit!
Deal much with Jesus!
Whenever you detect . . .
a waning of love,
a reluctance to take up the daily cross,
a shrinking from the precept
— go immediately to Calvary!
Go simply and directly to Jesus!
Get your heart warmed with ardent love by contemplating Him upon the cross — and soon will the frosts that gather round it melt away, and the congealed current shall begin to flow!
"Who loved me — and gave Himself for me!" Galatians 2:20