makes it part of his own. Wilt as love, does not give itself up for the other?s sake; it aims at closest fellowship with the other for a common end.? A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 388-405 ? ?Love is not rightfully independent of the other faculties, but is subject to regulation and control? We sometimes say that religion consists in love? It would be more strictly true to say that religion consists in a new direction of our love, a turning of the current toward God which once flowed toward self? Christianity rectifies the affections, before excessive, impulsive, lawless, ? gives them worthy and immortal objects, regulates their intensity in some due proportion to the value of the things they rest upon, and teaches the true methods of their manifestation. In true religion love forms a co-partnership with reason? God?s love is no arbitrary, wild, passionate torrent of emotion?, and we become like God by bringing our emotions, sympathies, affections, under the dominion of reason and conscience.?
(b) Since God?s love is rational, it involves a subordination of the emotional element to a higher law than itself, namely, that of truth and holiness.
<500109> Philippians 1:9 ? ?And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment? True love among men illustrates God?s love. It merges self in another instead of making that other an appendage to self. It seeks the other?s true good, not merely his present enjoyment or advantage. Its aim is to realize the divine idea in that other and therefore it is exercised for God?s sake and in the strength, which God supplies. Hence it is a love for holiness, and is under law to holiness. So God?s love takes into account the highest interests, and makes infinite sacrifice to secure them. For the sake of saving a world of sinners, God ?spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all?
( <450832>Romans 8:32), and ?Jehovah hath laid on him the iniquity of us all? ( <235306>Isaiah 53:6). Love requires a rule or standard for its regulation. This rule or standard is the holiness of God. So once more we see that love cannot include holiness, because it is subject to the law of holiness. Love desires only the best for its object, and the best is God. The golden rule does not bid us give what others desire, but what they need: <451502>Romans 15:2 ? ?Let each one of us please his neighbor for that which is good, unto edifying.?
(c) The immanent love of God therefore requires and finds a perfect standard in his own holiness, and a personal object in the image of his own
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