God suffers questions oftentimes to arise for trial of our love and exercise of our abilities. Nothing is so certain as that which is certain after doubts. Shaking settles and roots.
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2011), 28.
What a support to our faith is this, that God the Father, the party offended by our sins, is so well pleased with the work of redemption! And what a comfort is this, that, seeing God’s love rests on Christ, as well pleased in him, we may gather that he is well pleased with us, if we be in Christ! For his love rests in a whole Christ… because he loves him and us with one love.
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2011), 17.
The slender capacity of man’s heart cannot comprehend the unfathomable depth and burning zeal of God’s love toward us.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
We cannot exercise love unless we are experiencing grace. You cannot truly love others unless you are convinced that God’s love for you is unconditional, based solely on the merit of Christ, not your performance. John said, ‘We love because He first loved us’ (1 John 4.19). Our love, either to God or to others, can only be a response to His love for us.
Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1991), 132.
We pray Thee to bless any amongst us who may have any special difficulty in reconciling their present circumstances with their faith in a loving Father; and whatever the circumstances may be may the faith not falter in us. Help us all to be sure of God’s love, and to live therein compassed about as by a wall of fire that keeps all real evil off us.
Alexander Maclaren, Pulpit Prayers
You are not here asked to give your silver and gold, or your life, though these all belong to your Saviour; but the duty now pointed out is simply that of remembering a perishing world in your prayers. And in constantly, and faithfully discharging it, you are obeying the two great commands of love to God and love to man.
Edward Bickersteth, A Treatise on Prayer