from "The Gospel in Exodus" by Henry Law
Believer, Jesus' love towards you is perpetual.
He loved you first when, in the councils of
eternity, He received you into His heart.
He loved you truly when, in the fullness of time,
he took upon Himself your curse, and drained
your hell deep dues.
He loved you tenderly when He showed you,
by the Spirit, His hands and His feet, and
whispered to you that you were His.
He loves you faithfully while He ceases not
to intercede in your behalf, and to scatter
blessings on your person and your soul.
He will love you intensely in heaven when
you are manifested as His purchase and
crowned as His bride.
Drink hourly of this cup of his love.
Do not raise the objection, if He thus
loves me, why am I thus? Why is my
path so rugged, and my heart like flint?
You will soon know that your bitterest
trials and your sorest pains are sure
tokens of His love.
The father corrects because he loves.
In anxious care the physician deeply
probes the wounds.
Thus Jesus makes earth hard, that you
may long for heaven's holy rest.
He shows you your self vileness that
you may prize His cleansing blood.
He allows you to stumble that you
may cleave more closely to His side.
He makes the world a blank that you
may seek all comfort in Himself.
He hides His face that you may look towards Him.
He is silent, that you may cry more loudly.
He saves from real hell, by casting into seeming hell.
But His love fails not. All His dealings
are love's everflowing, overflowing tide.