by J. Gerald Harris

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Dr. J. Gerald Harris
James 4:8

Some anonymous person has written a hymn entitled "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." Listen again to the words of the first verse.
"I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

"Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily, walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be."

If I understand my text, it's saying in this service if I would be willing to draw one inch closer to the Lord than I was when I came into this building tonight, I have His commitment in this verse that He will reciprocate in response to my actions. If I come an inch, He will come an inch. I might be willing to come a foot. If so, He will move up a foot and we will be two feet closer than we were when we started. I might be willing to come a yard, then He would come a yard. If I would come a mile, then He would come a mile, and I would go home two miles closer to the Lord than I was when I came.

This is a biblical principle that is located time and time again throughout the Bible. It is phrased in different ways in different passages of scripture. In I Samuel 2:30 God says, "them that honour me I will honour."

Malachi 3:7 says, "Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts." So if I have wandered off a mile, He has wandered off a mile. But if I return, He returns. I draw nigh, and He draws nigh. I honor, and He honors.

I found another verse that was a little difficult to accept. In Proverbs 8:17 God says, "I love them that love me." Now, I understand that God loved me even before I thought to love Him; even when I was a sinner God loved me and Christ died for me. But here is a verse that doesn't say anything about His loving us in our sin and in our degradation. It says, "I love them that love me."

If we need and want God's love, He says, "You love me and I will love you ...

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