“By this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.” 1 John 3:19
The evidence of our assurance of eternal happiness is that which every soul that makes any serious reflections on matters of religion pants after; it is therefore necessary to know upon what foundation this blessed evidence is built, and from what principles it arises; and these, I think, are chiefly faith, love, and obedience — since no man can have this assurance who does not feel in himself the principle of obedience; nor can he have obedience without the principle of faith; for it is a notorious contradiction to imagine that any- one can be assured of God Almighty’s pardon without obeying Him; of His favor without loving Him; or of the eternal enjoyment of Him without a firm and steadfast belief in Him. But many mistake the nature of these things. True belief in God represents Him to the mind as infinite in glory, power, wisdom, goodness, and all perfection; with such charms, such beauty, such loveliness, as to captivate the affections of the soul and smite it with a Divine love. True love reigns triumphant in the soul, engrosses all its affections, strips other objects of their charms — nay, makes them appear vile and contemptible in comparison with supreme good. True obedience strives to please God, to resemble Him, to render itself acceptable to Him, and ardently desires the enjoyment of Him. Holy Spirit, shed abroad the love of God in my heart; fulfill in me the work of faith with power; so shall I keep Your precepts and be assured of my adoption.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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