Here is a prayer entitled “Love” that was taken from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions… It provides a great picture of God’s love for us, and helps us to have a biblical understanding of the love that we extend to others. May we respond to God by loving Him and His people in a way that reflects the love of Christ. After all, it was God who first loved us… in order that we might love and serve Him forever!! Praise God for the cleansing power of His love…
Give me to love thee, to embrace thee,
Though I once took lust and sin in my arms.
Thou didst love me before I loved thee,
An enemy, a sinner, a loathsome worm.
Thou didst own me when I disclaimed myself;
Thou didst love me as a son,
And weep over me as over Jerusalem.
Love brought thee from heaven to earth,
From earth to the cross,
From the cross to the grave.
Love caused thee to be weary, hungry, tempted,
Scorned, scourged, buffeted,
Spat upon, crucified, and pierced.
Love led thee to bow thy head in death.
My salvation is the point where perfect created love
And the most perfect uncreated love meet together;
For thou dost welcome me,
Not like Joseph and his brothers, loving and sorrowing,
But loving and rejoicing.
This love is not intermittent, cold, changeable;
It does not cease or abate for all my enmity.
Holiness is a spark from thy love
Kindled to a flame in my heart by thy Spirit,
And so it ever turns to the place from which it comes.
Let me see thy love everywhere, not only in the cross,
But in the fellowship of believers and in the world around me.
When I feel the warmth of the sun,
May I praise thee who art the Sun of righteousness with healing power.
When I feel the tender rain,
May I think of the gospel showers that water my soul.
When I walk by the river side,
May I praise thee for the stream that makes the eternal city glad,
And washes white my robes that I may have the right to the tree of life.
Thy infinite love is a mystery of mysteries,
And my eternal rest lies in the eternal enjoyment of it.
Arthur Bennett, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions (Carlisle: Banner of Truth Trust, 2009), 159.