Excerpt From God’s Gift of Perfection
Chapter 30–Part 1
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world” – 1 John 4:17
Let us review the steps in the life of perfected love that have already been set before us. The divine love entering the heart manifests itself first in loving obedience to Christ. Of that obedience, love to the brethren in active exercise becomes the chief mark and manifestation. In this obedient love and loving obedience, the principle of fellowship with God – God abiding in us – is developed and strengthened. Of this fellowship, the Holy Spirit gives the evidence and abiding consciousness. Such is the path in which love is perfected. Obedience to Christ; love to the brethren; the indwelling of God in us ,and us in Him; the communication and revelation of all this by the Holy Spirit. All these are correlated ideas; they imply and condition each other. Together they make up the blessed life of perfect love.
The perfect heart began by seeking God wholly and alone. It found Him in the perfect way. Of obedient love to the Lord, ministering and loving to the brethren. So it came in Christ to the Father to fellowship with Him. So it was prepared and opened for that special illumination of the Spirit which revealed God’s indwelling. The Father came to take up His abode. What was at first but a little seed – the perfect heart is now a heart in which the love of God is perfected. Love has taken full possession, and reigns throughout the whole being.
Previously God Dwelling In Us–Part 2