When God enables us to connect with the truth of how he loves us just as we are, even when we can’t change, our responding joy in worship can be the fuel that propels us onward to do the hard and potentially discouraging work of taking a good long look at our hearts and coming up with creative ways to change.
– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 175
The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing, too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men. He loves us all with a mighty love that has no beginning and can have no end.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 81
The Christian witness through the centuries has been that “God so loved the world…”; it remains for us to see that love in the light of God’s infinitude. His love is measureless. It is more: it is boundless. It has no bounds because it is not a thing but a facet of the essential nature of God. His love is something He is, and because He is infinite that love can enfold the whole created world in itself and have room for ten thousand times ten thousand worlds beside.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 39
The divine attributes are what we know to be true of God. He does not possess them as qualities; they are how God is as He reveals Himself to His creatures. Love, for instance, is not something God has and which may grow or diminish or cease to be. His love is the way God is, and when He loves He is simply being Himself. And so with other attributes.
– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 14-15
Any attempt to sustain God’s love for you though self-effort – making God love you – will end in failure and ultimately offend the One who joyfully declared, “It is finished.”
– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 170
Hebrews tells us that it was “for the joy that was set before him” that Jesus “endured the cross (12:2). The joy of being reconciled and reunited with His image-bearing-masterpieces-turned-enemies, who deserve wrath, not forgiveness, justice, not grace. Joy – for you – is what kept Jesus going. Through every slash of the whip, every pound of the nail, every agonizing breath, every shameful insult hurled from the mouths of His beloved enemies – it was for Jesus’s stubborn delight set before Him that He endured the cross. The ingenuity of the Persians, the barbaric fine-tuning of the Romans, the wood, spikes, hammers, splinters and crown of thorns picked from a garden are all woven into the tapestry of grace as the only fitting way to capture God’s love for His image bearers.
– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 167-168
You can’t make God love you. God loves you because of who He is and because of what Christ has done. His love is not based on what you do, or what you don’t do.
– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 31
In an economy of grace, there is enough to go around. The Father’s love and generosity are not scarce, His table is brimming with luxurious fare. That is why we invite those who cannot repay us. After all, it is not our table, but his. It is Christ who speaks to us today in the words of the prophet (Isaiah 55:1-2)
– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 197
Our love for each other is the visible sign that we grasp the love of an invisible God.
– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 45
The bottom line is this: We should never give up praying God’s power to break into our lives, but at the end of the day we rest on the love of God demonstrated at the cross, even if we can’t see how it is being manifested at the moment in our circumstances.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 186