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The Love Life of the Lord - A. B. Simpson

The Love Life of the Lord - A. B. Simpson

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From many standpoints, the Bible looks at our spiritual life. Sometimes it is as a life of faith, again as a life of holiness, evermore as a life of service, deepest of all as a life of patience and victorious suffering; but the highest and divinest view of it is a life of love. Nor is it love in any
ordinary sense, but the tenderest and most intimate forms, and the most exquisite figures of human affection and friendship are used to describe the unspeakable bond which links the heart of God with the souls He calls to be His own. It is not the love of compassion, nor even
the stronger love expressed by the relationship of fatherhood, brotherhood and even motherhood, but it is the tie, above all others, which links two hearts in the exclusive affection which no other can share -- the love of the bridegroom and the bride, the love which touches all human love with its inexpressible charm, and transfigures and glorifies the humblest lot and the hardest circumstances into a heavenly paradise.
From many standpoints, the Bible looks at our spiritual life. Sometimes it is as a life of faith, again as a life of holiness, evermore as a life of service, deepest of all as a life of patience and victorious suffering; but the highest and divinest view of it is a life of love. Nor is it love in any
ordinary sense, but the tenderest and most intimate forms, and the most exquisite figures of human affection and friendship are used to describe the unspeakable bond which links the heart of God with the souls He calls to be His own. It is not the love of compassion, nor even
the stronger love expressed by the relationship of fatherhood, brotherhood and even motherhood, but it is the tie, above all others, which links two hearts in the exclusive affection which no other can share -- the love of the bridegroom and the bride, the love which touches all human love with its inexpressible charm, and transfigures and glorifies the humblest lot and the hardest circumstances into a heavenly paradise.

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Love Life of the Lord
by A. B. Simpson
Table of Contents
 
Title PageChapter 1 -The Love Life Chapter 2 -Waiting Days Chapter 3 -Wooing Days Chapter 4 -Wedding Days Chapter 5 -Testing Days Chapter 6 -Home Longing Chapter 7 -Home Coming 
 
 
Love Life of the Lord
 
byA. B. Simpson
 
Love Life of the Lord
by A. B. Simpson
Chapter 1THE LOVE LIFE
From many standpoints, the Bible looks at our spiritual life. Sometimes it is as a life of faith,again as a life of holiness, evermore as a life of service, deepest of all as a life of patience andvictorious suffering; but the highest and divinest view of it is a life of love. Nor is it love in anyordinary sense, but the tenderest and most intimate forms, and the most exquisite figures ofhuman affection and friendship are used to describe the unspeakable bond which links theheart of God with the souls He calls to be His own. It is not the love of compassion, nor eventhe stronger love expressed by the relationship of fatherhood, brotherhood and evenmotherhood, but it is the tie, above all others, which links two hearts in the exclusive affectionwhich no other can share -- the love of the bridegroom and the bride, the love which touches allhuman love with its inexpressible charm, and transfigures and glorifies the humblest lot and thehardest circumstances into a heavenly paradise.This is the meaning of the Song of Solomon. This is the Old Testament climax of the series offigures that runs all the way from Eden to the Millennial throne. The opening picture of the Bibleis a love song -- two hearts, the one born out of the other, and then given back to it in perfectunison, the central figures of earth's first Paradise. Next we have the story of Rebekah'swooing and Isaac's marriage, the great type of the heavenly Bridegroom sending to this far-offland for His chosen and exclusive bride. The beautiful idyll of Ruth and Boaz has the samefigurative significance. The forty-fifth Psalm is David's song of heavenly love and the divineLover, and its tender call has reached many a Christian heart and called it to a heavenlybetrothal, "Hearken O daughter, and consider! Forget also thy kindred and thy father's house;so shall the King greatly desire thy beauty, for He is thy Lord and worship thou Him."This beautiful book is Solomon's love song. Later prophets reecho its heavenly strains. Isaiahtells of our Maker who is our Husband. Jeremiah repeats the plaintive appeal, "I rememberthee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in thewilderness, in a land that was not sown." Hosea tells of the higher experience, when the soulrestored from its backslidings shall call Him Ishi, 'my husband,' no longer Baali, 'my Lord,' andHe shall betroth us unto Him in righteousness, and we shall know the Lord." Ezekiel vividlyportrays the picture of the calling of the bride, "I passed by thee and thy time was the time oflove, and I spread my skirt over thee and covered thy nakedness; yea, I sware unto thee andentered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine." John theBaptist introduces Christ as the Bridegroom, while he himself is only the friend of thebridegroom. Jesus takes up the figure Himself, and speaks of His days as the time when thebridegroom is with them, and of the days when He says that the bridegroom shall be takenaway, and the waiting bride shall fast until His return; and, true to the figure, He commencesHis miracles at a marriage feast, turning the water into wine, as the type of the great purpose ofHis kingdom, to transform the earthly into the heavenly, and give to us not only the water of lifebut the wine of love.

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