A gracious influence
(J. C. Philpot, "Jesus, the Great High Priest")
The love of Jesus has a gracious influence on the life,
conduct, and conversation of a true believer. The tree
is known by its fruit; and those branches alone which
bring forth fruit unto God, are in manifest union with
the only true Vine.
Love to Jesus is the constraining principle of all holy
obedience. "If you love Me, keep my commandments,"
was His dying injunction to His disciples. As, then, His
bleeding love is experimentally known, there will be . . .
a conformity to His image,
an obedience to His will,
a walking in His footsteps.