Infinite Ocean of Christ’s Love – II by Octavious Winslow

Beloved, nothing shall
take the love of Christ from you,
or separate you from it.
It does not ebb with the ebbing of your feelings;
it does not chill with the chill of your affections;
it does not change with the changing scenes
and circumstances of your life.

The love of Christ has
depths we cannot sound,
heights we cannot explore,
an infinite fulness and
freeness tiding over
all the sins, infirmities, and sorrows
of its blessed and favored objects.

Seek to know this love of Christ,
though it is so vast that it ‘passes knowledge.’
Infinite though it is, you may
experience its reality,
taste its sweetness, and be
influenced by its all commanding, all constraining power.

Do not limit your heart experience of Christ’s love,
for it is infinite in its nature, and boundless in its extent.

As yet,
how many of us stand but upon the shore of this ocean!
How little do we know, experimentally,
of the love of Christ in our souls!
Bring your heart with….
its profoundest emptiness,
its most startling discovery of sin,
its lowest frame,
its deepest sorrow, and
sink it into the depths of the Savior’s love!

That infinite sea will
flow over all, erase all, absorb all, and
your soul shall swim and sport amid its gentle waves,
exclaiming in your joy and transport, “Oh, the depths!”

The Lord direct your heart into the love of God!
Just as it is…
hard,
cold,
fickle,
sinful,
sad and
sorrowful.

Christ’s love touching your hard heart, will dissolve it!

Christ’s love touching your cold heart, will warm it!

Christ’s love touching your sinful heart, will purify it!

Christ’s love touching your sorrowful heart, will soothe it!

Christ’s love touching your wandering heart, will draw it back to Himself.

Only bring your heart to Christ’s love!

Believe that He loves you, and just as love begets love,
so the simple belief in the love of Jesus
will inspire you with a reflected, responsive affection;
and your soul, like the flower, will burst from its captivity,
and bloom, and, soaring in life, liberty, and beauty,
will float in the sunbeams of Gods full, free, and eternal love;
and, in a little while, will find itself in heaven, where all is love!

“Blessed Jesus! Your love, like Your agonies,
is an unknown and unfathomable depth!
It passes knowledge.
Let it rise and expand before me, until it
fills the entire scope of my soul’s vision;
occupies every niche of my heart; and
bears me onward by its all commanding, all constraining influence,
in the path of a holy loving obedience and surrender.”

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so
great you will never fully understand it.” Ephes. 3:19

— Octavious Winslow (1808-1878)

[PHOTO by Michael Joachim Lucke made available on Wikimedia Commons.  This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Infinite Ocean of Christ’s Love – II by Octavious Winslow

  1. Barbara Lilly says:

    Good.

  2. Denise says:

    Such comfort in these words. It is hard to imagine this kind of love. We are not worthy.

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