Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The love of sin

370 4th P. M. 886, 886.
The man on Calvary.

O THOU who hast our sorrows borne,
   Help us to look on thee, and mourn,
   On thee, whom we have slain:—
   Have pierced a thousand, thousand times,
   And by reiterated crimes
   Renew’d thy sacred pain.

2 O give us eyes of faith to see
   The Man transfix’d on Calvary,—
   To know thee who thou art;
   The One Eternal God and True;
   And let the sight affect, subdue,
   And break my stubborn heart.

3 Lover of souls,—to rescue mine,
   Reveal the charity divine,
   That suffer’d in my stead
   That made thy soul a sacrifice,
   And quench’d in death those flaming eyes,
   And bow’d that sacred head.

4 The veil of unbelief remove;
   And by thy manifested love,
   And by thy sprinkled blood,
   Destroy the love of sin in me,
   And get thyself the victory,
   And bring me back to God.
                  Charles Wesley
                  Methodist Episcopal hymnal (1870 edition)

<idle musing>
"Destroy the love of sin in me." That's sanctification in a nutshell. The replacement of the love of sin with the love of God. Wesley had it right: sanctification in nothing but the love of God. He put as "to feel nothing but love toward God and my fellow man."

Where there is love, nothing that isn't of God can live.

Make it so, Lord!
</idle musing>

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