As His creatures we ought to love our Creator; as preserved by His care we are under obligation to love Him for His goodness: we owe Him so much that our utmost love is a mere acknowledgment of our debt. But God loved us to whom He owed nothing at all; for whatever might have been the claims of a creature upon His Creator, we had forfeited them all by our rebellion. Sinful men had no rights towards God except the right of being punished. Yet the Lord manifested boundless love to our race, which was only worthy to be destroyed. Oh words! How ye fail me! I cannot utter my heart by these poor lips of clay. Oh God, how infinite was Thy love which was given without any obligation on Thy part, freely and unsought, and all because Thou willest to love-yea, Thou dost love because Thou art love. There was no cause, no constraint, no claim why Thou shouldest love mankind, except that Thine own heart led Thee so to do. What is man that Thou art mindful of him? ‘Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that God loved us’.

—Charles Spurgeon



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