Today's encouragement comes from the wonderful words of Deuteronomy 6:4 & 5, which say this:
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
As there is but one God (in Three Persons), so we are to have but one great Object of our love, manifesting our affections in the three capacities (of heart, soul, and strength). Love is the principle thing in the true religion (assuming faith and its resultant humility). It is actually harder to be a genuine God-lover, than it is to be a religious fanatic. It takes a miraculous work of saving grace in our souls.
Let us ask for and attain a fresh stock of grace from Jesus today—with the goal of loving God better than we have before. This request is gladly answer-ed by our Lord.
[Puritan quote of the day: "It never came into God's thoughts to make a new covenant upon terms of worthiness. If God should show mercy to none but such as are worthy, then must He show mercy to none.” —Thomas Watson, in, "A Body of Divinity"]