Are you thus separated? Are you willing to separate your heart and your love from all forbidden love, every unhallowed friendship and every purely selfish affection, and to let Christ be the Master of your heart and its chief object of affection and delight? Then He will fill that heart and adjust all its chords to harmony and happiness. Into every relationship of life He will so infuse His own Spirit that we will be enabled to adjust ourselves to all our mingled and manifold situations and relationships so that everyone will be a link with Him and a channel of holy service and blessing.
With these emotions we could trace through the whole realm of our emotional nature and find that there is not one of our affections and even passions which might not have a holy and sanctified use. Our anger may be so pure that it shall be a holy zeal for God. Our emulation may be so free from envy that it shall impel us to imitate the noble qualities of others. Our acquisitiveness may be so regulated that it may be lifted above avarice and covet earnestly only the best gifts. Our ambition may be so heavenly that it shall be an impulse to others, pressing us forward to the most noble achievements and enduring rewards. Every throb of joy and sorrow, hope or fear, may be a movement of the heart of Christ along the various chords of our consecrated being, until every voice within us shall join the heavenly chorus, singing evermore, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" (Revelation 5:13).
A Sanctified Body
The human body has been called the microcosm of the universe - a little world of wonders and a monument of divine wisdom and power - sufficient to convince the most incredulous mind of the existence of the Great Designer. There are enough evidences of supreme skill in the structure of the human hand alone to prove the existence, intelligence and benevolence of God in the face of all the sophistry of infidelity.
The records of Creation teach the importance and dignity of the human body. When God had made all other parts of the material universe and before He formed the human frame, He called a solemn council of the Trinity. With the most majestic deliberation He decreed, "Let us make man in our image after our likeness," and it is added, "And the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" (Genesis 2:7). All the infinite wisdom of the Trinity was concentrated in his creation and the kiss of the Almighty awoke his higher nature into consciousness and life.
~A. B. Simpson~
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