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The Tozer Anthology

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For the millions, love is an emotional attraction, nothing more, as unstable and as unpredictable as sheet lightning.

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The Bible teaches that true love is a benevolent principle and is under the control of the will.

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If love were merely an emotion, how could God command us to love Him or to love our neighbor? No one can “fall in love” at the command of another, if falling in love means getting seized suddenly with a fit of love as one might be hit with a charge of electricity or caught with a severe spasm of coughing.

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We may not in a thousand years be able to feel a surge of emotion toward certain “neighbors,” but we can go before God and solemnly will to love them, and the love will come.

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By prayer and an application of the inworking power of God, we may set our faces to will the good of our neighbor and not his evil all the days of our lives. That is love.

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The love of God for mankind was never more beautifully stated than by the angel at the birth of Christ: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to man on whom his favor rests.”

from We Travel an Appointed Way. Originally published in The Alliance Witness, March 29, 1989.

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