Love to live on

Live on Christ’s love while
ye are here, and all the way.

–Samuel Rutherford (1600 – 1661)

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Feast forever

And yet the love of the Son of God for us is of such magnitude that the greater the filth and stench of our sins, the more He befriends us. For how amazing it is that the Son of God becomes my servant, that He humbles Himself so, that He encumbers Himself with my misery and sin. . . .

He says to me: “You are no longer a sinner, but I am. I am your substitute. You have not sinned, but I have. The entire world is in sin. However, you are not in sin; but I am. All your sins are to rest on Me and not on you.”

No one can comprehend this. In yonder life our eyes will feast forever on this love of God.

–Martin Luther

Heaven could not hold Him

It is as if Jesus had said: ‘The truth is, I cannot live without you. I shall never be quiet till I have you where I am, that we may never part again. Heaven shall not hold me, nor my Father’s company, if you are not with me – my heart is so set upon you. And if I have any glory, you shall be part of it too.”

–Thomas Goodwin (1600 – 1680)

Relentless love

God’s love is not
wearied by our sins
and is relentless in
its determination that
we be cured at whatever
cost to us or Him.

–C. S. Lewis

Astonished gratitude

 

When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves–that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.

–N.T. Wright

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Loved as we are

If in our hearts we really don’t believe that God loves us as we are, if we are still tainted by the lie that we can do something to make God love us more, we are rejecting the message of the cross.

–Brennan Manning

Live gladly

The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of His love.

–Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)

Published in: on 03/23/2012 at 8:37  Leave a Comment  
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Love’s mystery

“Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Love should cast out terror, but it should not cast out awe. True love includes awe. This is one of the great secrets of sex and marriage that our age has tragically forgotten: awe at the mystery that sex is. Science has not explained away this mystery, nor has psychology. No true mystery is ever explained away. Sex, death, love, evil, beauty life, the soul, God—these remain forever infinite mysteries that we can never exhaust and should not want to. They are like the ocean, for us to swim in, not like a glass of water for us to drink and drain dry.

God is love, And love is not “luv.” Luv is nice; love is not nice. Love is a fire, a hurricane, an earthquake, a volcano, a bolt of lightning. Love is what banged out the big bang in the beginning, and love is what went to hell for us on the cross…

Perfect love casts out fear, but unless we begin with fear, we cannot progress to perfect love. Fear is the caterpillar, love is the butterfly.

–Peter Kreeft

As if there were no others

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.

–A.W. Tozer

A devilish stronghold

There’s not a more devilish stronghold in believers,
than thinking if we would just do more of this or that,
God would be happy with us.

–Steven Crosby

Right thoughts about God

How easy we find it to think of God as hard, austere, severe, unable to be pleased and fierce, which are the very worst characteristics of men and therefore most hated by God (Rom. 1:31; 2 Tim. 3:3). How easily Satan deceives us! Was it not his purpose from the beginning to inject such thoughts of God into our hearts? Assure yourself, then, that there is nothing more acceptable to the Father than for us to keep our hearts filled with him as the eternal source of all that rich grace which flows out to sinners in the blood of Jesus.

–John Owen (1616-1683)

Living in the smiles of God

Live much in the smiles of God. Bask in his beams. Feel his all-seeing eye settled on you in love, and repose in his almighty arms.

–Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843)

He cannot go back

God loves you so utterly and completely that he’s given himself for you in Jesus Christ his beloved Son and has thereby pledged his very being as God for your salvation. In Jesus Christ, God has actualized his unconditional love for you and your human nature in such a way once for all that he cannot go back upon it without undoing the incarnation and the cross and thereby denying himself.

–Tom Torrance

He loved you into existence

He loves you not only because you are here,   but also you are here because He loved you   into existence.

–Malcolm Smith

Look again at the Gift

Do you feel that God loves you?  Look again at the Gift of the Son and you will see the Father – the Father of Jesus and your Father.  See this Gift given to you and remember that He is yours not because you are good – you aren’t; not because you were receptive – you weren’t; but because of God’s own prior and indomitable love.  See His nature expressed in Jesus.  See Him spread His arms, though it cost Him His life, and know that this is the love of God for you.

–Glen Scrivener

The exuberance of infinite love

This love which He has for us bears His infinite character. He does not love us as we do, with a limited and narrow love. When He loves, the dimensions of His love are infinite. He descends from heaven to earth to seek the creature of clay, which He loves. He becomes man and clay with him. He gives His flesh to eat. It is by such wonders of love that the infinite surpasses all the affection of which men are capable. He loves as a God, and this love is entirely incomprehensible. It is the height of folly to wish to measure infinite love by limited knowledge. Far from losing any of His greatness by this excess of love, He engraves it with the character of His greatness, marking it with the exuberance and ecstasy of an infinite love.

–François Fénelon (1651-1715)

The deepest truth about God

Now what is the deepest in God? His power? No, for power could not make Him what we mean when we say God. Evil could, of course, never create one atom; but let us understand very plainly, that a being whose essence was only power would be such a negation of the divine that no righteous worship could be offered Him. His service must be fear, and fear only. Such a being, even were He righteous in judgment, yet could not be God.

The God Himself whom we love could not be righteous were He not something deeper and better still than we generally mean by the word — but, alas, how little can language say without seeming to say something wrong! In one word, God is Love. Love is the deepest depth, the essence of His nature, at the root of all His being.

–George MacDonald

Love has a Face

It is all about Love. Love is the foundation, the focus; the how, the why; the reason, the promise, the call, the catalyst, the flame, the goal, the mandate, the mantle, the method, the message, the heartbeat, the demonstration, the answer, the everything because Love is WHO HE IS.

–Michele Perry

The most prevalent malady

I think that of all the diseases in the world, the disease that all humankind suffers from, the disease that is most devastating to us is not AIDS, it’s not gluttony, it’s not cancer, it’s not any of those things. It is the disease that comes about because we live in ignorance of the wealth of love that God has for us.

–Rich Mullins

Love beyond our desiring

When Christianity says that God loves man, it means that God loves man: not that He has some ‘disinterested’, because really indifferent, concern for our welfare, but that, in awful and surprising truth, we are the objects of His love. You asked for a loving God: you have one. The great spirit you so lightly invoked, the ‘lord of the terrible aspect’, is present: not a senile benevolence that drowsily wishes you to be happy in your own way, not the cold philanthropy of a conscientious magistrate, nor the care of a host who feels responsible for the comfort of his guests, but the consuming fire Himself, the Love that made the worlds, persistent as the artists’s love for his work and despotic as a man’s love for a dog, provident and venerable as a father’s love for a child, jealous, inexorable, exacting as love between sexes. How this should be, I do not know: it passes reason to explain why any creatures, not to say creatures such as we, should have a value so prodigious in their Creator’s eyes. It is certainly a burden of glory not only beyond our deserts but also, except in rare moments of grace, beyond our desiring…

–C. S. Lewis

The revelation of God

Love . . .
is the revelation of God.
And the revelation of God
is Jesus Christ.

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The essential element

The one object the Devil has in view is to raise a question, nay, to establish in you a question, as to God’s love and your belovedness to God – that is, personally. If we have any doubt about that, we are finished. This sense of what I have called ‘belovedness’ is essential, not only to life, but as an assurance and rest in service . . . To go on quietly, persistently, assuredly, in peace, all rests upon this – the recognition that . . . I am beloved of God.

–T. Austin-Sparks

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What someone doesn’t want you to know about God

I know of no truth in the whole Bible that ought to come home to us with such power and tenderness as that of the Love of God; and there is no truth in the Bible that Satan would so much like to blot out. For more than six thousand years he has been trying to persuade men that God does not love them.

–Dwight L. Moody

Published in: on 03/07/2012 at 7:03  Leave a Comment  
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He loves to love

God loves you because he loves you. He loves you, not for what you can do for him, 
but for what he can do for you. You are of infinite worth 
to the One who gave his all 
that you might spend eternity with him.

–Grantley Morris

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The greatest hindrance

Some of us believe that God is almighty and can do everything; and that he is all-wise and may do everything; but that he is all-love and will do everything—there we draw back. As I see it, this ignorance is the greatest of all hindrances of God’s lovers.

–Julian of Norwich

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Letting ourselves be loved

Instead of our self-conscious efforts to be good, we should allow ourselves the luxury of letting ourselves be loved, not after we clean up our act and get all our ducks in a row, not after we have eliminated every trace of sin, selfishness, dishonesty, and degraded love from our resume, not after we have developed a disciplined prayer life and spent ten years in Calcutta with Mother Teresa’s missionaries, but right now, right here . . .

–Brennan Manning

Published in: on 03/04/2012 at 7:23  Leave a Comment  
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Love that cannot be earned

Do I really believe that I am loved first, independent of what I do or what I accomplish? This is an important question because as long as I think that what I most need I have to earn, deserve and collect by hard work, I will never get what I most need and desire, which is a love that cannot be earned, but that is freely given. Thus, my return is my willingness to renounce such thoughts and to choose to live more and more from my true identity as a cherished child of God.

–Henry Nouwen

His nature is to love

Why does God love sinners? . . . He loves them because it is in His nature to love, because He is love. Unceasingly, He gives in spontaneous love. He loves not because of what we are but because of what He is: He is love. This is a new and distinct idea in Christianity . . .

–Leon Morris

Nothing outshines His love

In the conception of God that we have found and created in our own mind, if anything other than love is paramount, we have a distortion and an idol of the mind. If we have a concept where the justice of God becomes greater than His love, a concept where the omnipotence of God overrules His love, where the sovereignty of God outshines His love, and the omniscience of God puts His love into the shadows, then we have a false concept of God. For we have been told by one who knows, that God IS LOVE! That does not mean that He is not just, righteous, sovereign and wise, but all these are rooted in the fact that He is preeminently THE LOVING CREATOR AND REDEEMER OF THIS WORLD!

–J. Preston Eby

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