The words in this post are from one of my wife, Marie’s, favorite books, Come Away My Beloved copyright 1973 by by Frances J. Roberts.
O My children, obey My words. Do not wander in unbelief and darkness, but let the scripture shine as a light upon your path. My Words shall be life to you, for My commandments are given for your health and for any preservation. They will guard you from folly, and guide you away from danger.
Hide my commandments in your heart ( note: Psalm 119:11), and make them the law of your life. Cherish My words, and don’t take lightly the least of them. I have not given them to bind you, but to bring you into the life of greatest joy and truest liberty.
I have asked you to give, in order that I may bless you more. I have challenged you to pray, so that I can respond and help you. I have asked you to rejoice, to keep you from being swallowed up by anxieties. I have asked you to be humble to protest you from the calamities that fall on the proud. I have asked you to forgive to make your heart fit to receive my forgiveness. I have asked you not to love the world, so I can release you from unnecessary entanglements, and be free to follow Me.
Sanctification is accomplished in no one by accident. Learn My rules, and put them into practice consistently, if you desire to see progress in the growth of your soul. Holiness is not a feeling–it is the end product of obedience. Purity is not a gift–it is the result of repentance and your serious pursuit of me.
p.s. I did take a few liberties with the language (e.g. changing thou’s and thy’s to you’s) but did not alter the content.