Grace overwhelms us with God’s love, and as a result our heart resonates with the desires of God. His purposes become our own. Our soul delights in his service as love for him and thanksgiving for his mercy make us long to honor him. True grace produces joy and promotes godliness.
Bryan Chapell, Holiness by Grace
HT: Reformed Quotes
If God’s love is holy love, as it is, then it is concerned not only to act in holiness (as in the cross of Christ), but also to promote holiness (in the people of God).
John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 309.
Joy is not a luxury or a mere accessory in the Christian life. It is the sign that we are really living in God’s wonderful love, and that that love satisfies us.
Andrew Murray, The Holiest of All, p. 114
All who love Jesus Christ the Lord ought to care deeply about the church, just because the church is the object of Jesus’ own love. Church-centeredness is thus one way in which Christ-centeredness ought to find expression.
J. I. Packer, A Passion for Faithfulness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995), xi.
Love is measured, not by feelings, or sighs, or tears, but by acts. You love Christ by just as much as you are prepared to do, or suffer, or give up for Him.
F. B. Meyer, Tried by Fire: Expositions of the First Epistle of Peter, p. 42
The marvelous truth is that the One who knows us best is the One who loves us most.
Mark Dever, et al, Preaching the Cross, p. 22