Loved with the Same Love

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.

Love and Grace Go Hand in Hand

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.