Peace, Joy, and Love

“Love the Lord your God…with all your soul.” Mark 12:30

Religion of the heart is more than having the right understanding of religious things. One may be Orthodox in every point, holding only those opinions in harmony with scripture, even defending them zealously on all sides; one may think justly concerning the incarnation of our lord, concerning the ever blessed trinity, and every other doctrine contained in the oracles of God; one may assent to all three creeds – those called the apostles’, the Nicene, in the Athanasiab. Yet, it is possible he or she may have no true religion at all, no more that preferred to buy our Lord as the kingdom of God, than does a pagan or a Turk.

Well maybe almost as orthodox as the devil and all the while be as great a stranger to the religion of the heart as the devil is.
This alone is religion, truly so called: This alone is in the sight of God of great price. The apostle sums it up in three particulars: righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. And the first branch of Christian righteousness was summoned up by our Lord: “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

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