Dwelling in Love

"We love Him, because He first loved us." —1 John 4:1919We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19).
I REJOICE that I cannot but love Him,
Because He first loved me;
I would that measureless, changeless,
My love might be;
A love unto death and forever;
For, soul, He died for thee.
Give thanks that for thee He delighted
To leave His glory on high;
For thee to be humbled, forsaken,
For thee to die.
Wilt thou render Him love for His loving?
Wilt thou die for Him who died?
And so by thy dying and living
Shall Christ be magnified.
And deep in the fiery stream that flows
From God's high throne,
In the burning tide that forever glows
Of the marvelous love unknown;
For ever, O soul, thou shalt burn and glow,
And thou shalt sing and say,
“I need no call at His feet to fall,
For I cannot turn away.
I am the captive led along
With the joy of His triumphal song;
In the depths of love do I love and move,
I joy to live or to die;
For I am borne on the tide of His love
To all eternity:”
The foolishness of the fool is this,
The sorrow sweeter than joy to miss.
Mechthild of Hellfde, † 1277.