On the Contrary

To our shame we have sometimes thought of God as a hard man. Is He hard? On the contrary. He has poured His love into your heart. Put everything else into it's proper perspective in the context of this amazing outpouring on Calvary. He's given you everything He has. He's given you His Son on Calvary, and He's given you His Spirit with His love. And yet we can easily be taken up with that notion that He doesn't really love us. But you need to understand that the gospel is not, "God loves you because Christ died for you." That's not the gospel. That's actually almost a contradiction of the gospel. The gospel is, "God loves you, therefore Christ died for you." Jesus Christ did not, on the cross, twist the hand of an unloving Father to love the unlovely. God sent His Son into the world that through Him we might have everlasting life. He SO loved the world that He gave His only Son. -Sinclair Ferguson


His Love, Not Mine

"Abiding, not striving nor struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power; resting in the love of an Almighty Savior, in the joy of a complete salvation, 'from all sin' - this is not new, and yet 'tis new to me. It was the exchanged life that had come to me -- the life that is indeed 'No longer I.' But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.' As I read, I saw it all! 'If we believe not, he abideth faithful.' I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed!) that He had said, 'I will never leave thee.' Ah, there is rest! I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has not He promised to abide with me -- never to leave me, never to fail me? I change, He changes not; The Christ can never die: His truth, not mine, the resting place; His love, not mine, the tie." -Hudson Taylor


Of What Size!

See what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called children of God;
and so we are.
I John 3:1

"See what kind of love"- "of what size."

John is talking about a love that belongs to another country, or world altogether!

It's almost incredible that God should make 
us his children!

Despite assumptions to the contrary- the reality of the love of God for us is often the last thing in the world to dawn upon us. As we fix our eyes upon ourselves, our past failures, our present guilt, it seems impossible to us that the Father could love us.

Many Christians go through much of their life with the prodigal's suspicion. Their concentration is upon their sin and failure; all their thoughts are introspective. Behold! - look and see - the love the Father has lavished upon us!

This reproves men's squint looking. They do not look at God's love, but at themselves and at their own corruptions and afflictions. It is a wonder that God's children should pore only upon their corruptions, and not consider what love it is for God to discover them and pardon them.

Our status is not a matter of our worthiness, but of his love!

-Sinclair Ferguson