Feb 11, 2017

saturday med.itations: Is It True Love?


True love is a high and holy principle, altogether different from that love which is awakened by impulse and which suddenly dies when severely tested.

True love is not a strong, fiery, impetuous passion. On the contrary, it is calm and deep in its nature. It looks beyond mere externals and is attracted by qualities alone. It is wise and discriminating, and its devotion is real and abiding.

Love is a precious gift, which we receive from Jesus. Pure and holy affection is not a feeling, but a principle. Those who are actuated by true love are neither unreasonable nor blind.

Mildness, gentleness, forbearance, long suffering, being not easily provoked, bearing all things, enduring all things – these are the fruits growing upon the precious tree of love, which is of heavenly growth. This tree, if nourished, will prove to be an evergreen. Its branches will not decay; its leaves will not wither. It is immortal, eternal watered continually by the dews of heaven.

Source: Letters to Young Lovers, chapter 8 (by E. G. White)

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