Excerpt From God’s Gift of Perfection
Chapter 29–Part 2
It is in the Christian life now, even as it was then. It is the special work of the Holy Spirit to reveal the indwelling God and to perfect us in love. By slow steps we have to master first one side of truth and then another; to practice first one grace and then the very opposite. For a time, our whole heart goes out in the aim to know and do His will. Then, again, it is as if there is only one thing to do – to love – and we feel as if in our own home, in all our dealings with men, in our outlook concerning the Church and the world, we only need to practice love.
After a time, we feel how we fail, and we turn to the Word that calls us to faith, to cease from self and to trust in Him who works both to will and to do. Here once more we come short. And next we feel that this alone can meet our need – a share in the Pentecostal gift – the Spirit given in power as never before. Let none faint or be discouraged. Let us seek to obey and to love and to trust with a perfect heart. In that in which we have attained, let us be faithful. But also let us press on to perfection. Let us confidently expect that this part of the Word will also be made all our own: “If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and the love of God is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.”
It is only the path of love – love in practical exercise seeking to be perfect love – that this wonderful blessing can be found: God dwelling in us, and we in Him. And it is only by the Holy Spirit that we can know that we have it. God dwells in us, and His love perfected in us. God is love; how sure it is that He longs to abide with us! God is love, who sends forth the spirit of His Son to fill the hearts that are open to Him. How sure it is that we can be perfected in love! A perfect heart can count on being filled with a prefect love. Let nothing less than a perfect love be our aim so that we may have God abiding in us, and His love perfected in us. We will know it by the Spirit which He has given us.
Previously God Dwelling In Us–Part 1