Even When We Can’t Change

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

God Does Not Love Nations

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

Measureless…Boundless

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

Is, Not Has

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

Jesus’ Stubborn Delight

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