1 Peter 1:6-9
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:…
I. LOVE FOR THE UNSEEN. This is an axiom with all true affection.
1. It appears difficult theoretically.
2. It is common in experience. The absent, the dead are loved.
3. It is an element in the highest form of love. The non-sensuous.
4. It is a very blessed emotion. The band of love brings the distant near, makes the remote easily discerned.
II. TRUST IN THE LOVED. Love Christ more, and you will trust Him more. You will believe what He says about —
III. JOY IN THE LOVED AND TRUSTED.
1. The joy of rest.
2. The joy of communion.
(U. R. Thomas.)
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