Do not think first of the desires of your heart, but think first of delighting yourself in your God! If you have accepted Him as your Lord, He is yours, so delight in Him and then He will give you the desires of your heart.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
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Divine love made conditional upon human obedience is mere legalism, even if the actions commended have biblical precedent. The only obedience approved by God is that which He Himself enables and sanctifies through the union with Christ He provides.
Brian Chapell, Christ-centered Preaching (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), 287
The Bible tells us to love our neighbours and also to love our enemies; probably because they are often the same people.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
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.