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LOVE WILL SACRIFICE.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



JESUS called His command-
ment of love a new com-
mandment. Why new ?
There was an old com-
mandment which ran,
''Thou shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself." Some people suppose
that this is the same as the commandment
Jesus gave to his disciples. But there are two
differences. The old commandment refers to
your neighbor, that is, to everybody ; the new
refers to your brother, that is, your fellow-
Christian. The other difference is in the meas-
ure of the love — " As thyself '' ; " as I have
loved you." The world never knew what love
meant until Jesus came and lived among men.
" As thyself," leaves self and others side by
side ; " as I have loved you," carries us away
beyond that, for Jesus made a sacrifice of
himself in loving his disciples.
BY J. R. MILLER



JESUS called His command-
ment of love a new com-
mandment. Why new ?
There was an old com-
mandment which ran,
''Thou shalt love thy
neighbor as thyself." Some people suppose
that this is the same as the commandment
Jesus gave to his disciples. But there are two
differences. The old commandment refers to
your neighbor, that is, to everybody ; the new
refers to your brother, that is, your fellow-
Christian. The other difference is in the meas-
ure of the love — " As thyself '' ; " as I have
loved you." The world never knew what love
meant until Jesus came and lived among men.
" As thyself," leaves self and others side by
side ; " as I have loved you," carries us away
beyond that, for Jesus made a sacrifice of
himself in loving his disciples.

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LOVE WILL SACRIFICEBY J. R. MILLER JESUS called His command-ment of love a new com-mandment. Why new ?There was an old com-mandment which ran,''Thou shalt love thyneighbor as thyself." Some people supposethat this is the same as the commandmentJesus gave to his disciples. But there are twodifferences. The old commandment refers toyour neighbor, that is, to everybody ; the newrefers to your brother, that is, your fellow-Christian. The other difference is in the meas-ure of the love — " As thyself '' ; " as I haveloved you." The world never knew what lovemeant until Jesus came and lived among men." As thyself," leaves self and others side byside ; " as I have loved you," carries us awaybeyond that, for Jesus made a sacrifice of himself in loving his disciples.[231]Cl^e Wititt lifeThis lesson touches our Hves at very prac-tical points. It is not enough for a Christianto be a glib, fluent, golden-mouthed talker." If I speak with the tongues of men and an-gels, but have not love, I am become soundingbrass, or a clanging cymbal." It is not
 
enough for a Christian to be a great teacher,understanding all mysteries and all knowl-edge — if he has not love, he is nothing. If aman is a great benefactor and if he even be-comes a martyr, giving his body to be burned,and has not love, all counts for nothing." Love suffereth long, and is kind." That is,it bears patiently with others' faults, theirunkindnesses to us, their ill treatment and in-gratitude, and is kind. That is, it continuesto be kind in spite of the unkindness it mayreceive. The trouble with too many of us isthat our kindness is spasmodic, is shown onlywhen we feel like it, and is checked contin-ually by things that happen. But nothingever stopped the flow of Christ's kindness — nothing ever should check the flow of a Chris-tian's kindness.[232]Take another line from St. Paul's picture." Love . . . doth not behave Itself unseemly."That IS, it never forgets itself, is never rude,is not supercilious. Haughtiness is unseemly.All uncharitableness is unseemly. Nothing ismore remarkable in the story of Christ's lifethan his unfailing respect for people. Heseemed to have almost reverence for every onethat came before him, even the poorest, thelowest, the worst. The reasons were that Heloved every one, and that He saw in each theglorious possibilities of heavenly sonship. If we had our Master's lofty regard for, andhis deep interest in the lives of men, we wouldnever act in an unseemly way toward even theunworthiest. A poet said he would never havefor his friend that man who would needlessly
 
set his foot upon a worm. If it becomes us totreat so considerately, so almost reverently,a worm, how should we treat even the poor-est, the low^liest, who wears the divine image,is a child of God and is " but a little lowerthan God".?A newspaper recently gave an account of a[233]m^t mntv uftnew society. A good woman boarding in aNew England town one summer, learned thata charitable and kindly feeling was almostuniversal among the people of the town. Shefound that they all belonged to a Take HeedSociety, and had all pledged themselves tothree things — to speak no unkind words, tothink no unkind thoughts, and to do no un-kind deeds. This society never met in a body,it had no officers, paid no dues, assessed nofines. There was a fine mentioned in thepledge, but this was to be imposed by theoifending person upon himself if he ever vio-lated the rules of the organization. He was tofix his own fine, making it as large as he wasable to pay, and the fine was to be paid, notto some treasurer, but to the first poor andneedy person he met. It might be worth whileto start such a society in some families, insome boarding-houses, in circles of friends,and even in some churches. It might helpmuch in getting the law of love wrought intoevery-day life.

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