You see, Madam, how precarious and uncertain all things here are! Live beside the creatures while you have them — let Christ be the all of your enjoyment in them — and then, when they fail, and your own heart and flesh too, Christ will be your all in Himself — the strength of your heart, and your portion forever — an all of bliss and glory, ineffable and eternal.Anne Dutton, Letter
Value your own Lord Jesus. Let His price (His worth in your esteem) be far above rubies, and all creatures and things, desirable and desired. The all-beauteous Godhead is in Him. He is the mighty God, as well as the Man Jesus, for you. Emanuel is His wonderful, glorious name.
His personal and relative glories are, and shall be, the wonder and praise of men and angels unto ages without end. Look upon His lovely face — there is not another such a beauty in both worlds!
See, Madam, this is your Beloved, and this is your Friend. This is He who has loved you, and given Himself for you; that laid aside His glory and joy, who was the adoration of angels, and the darling of the Father's bosom, to clothe Himself, His matchless Self, with your sin, shame, and sorrow, that He might raise you from the ash-heap of sinful nature to inherit with Him the joys and glories of the upper world; yes, to set you with Him upon His own throne!
Oh, dear Madam, you are the Lamb's bride, even you, who come unto God, as the God of peace, only by and through the sacrificed Lamb. Admire the Lamb's love — the Lamb who was slain for you, that has wooed and won and betrothed you to Himself forever. Live upon Him, live to Him, and long to live with Him.
HT: Christ . . . Altogether Lovely