. . .if you love, you will obey.  That is plain enough.  The keeping of the commandments will be easy where there is love in the heart.  The will will bow where there is love in the heart.  Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creature’s will.  The will cannot be driven.  Strike it with violence and it stiffens.  Touch it gently and it yields.  If you try to put an iron collar upon the will, like the demoniac in the gospels, the touch of the apparent restraint drives it into fury and it breaks the bands asunder.  Fasten it with the silken leash of love, and a little child can lead it.  So, faith works by love because whom we trust, we shall love, and whom we love, we shall obey. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on 1 Corinthians 7.19.

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