Bondage by Love

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One line of the hymn, “I’ve Found a Friend”, always stuck out to me:

“He drew me with the cords of love, and thus He bound me to Him;
And round my heart still closely twine those ties which naught can sever,”

The idea of being bound by cords of love is taken from Hosea 11:4, “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.” The grace of God fuels the motivation to delight in Him and turns duty into seeing his beauty. The quote below describes what bondage by love is:

“Grace binds you with far stronger cords than the cords of duty or obligation can bind you. Grace is free, but when once you take it, you are bound forever to the Giver and bound to catch the spirit of the Giver. Like produces like. Grace makes you gracious, the Giver makes you give.”

     -E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973)

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