My grace, saith God, shall be yours to pardon you, and my power shall be yours to protect you, and my wisdom shall be yours to direct you, and my goodness shall be yours to relieve you, and my mercy shall be yours to supply you, and my glory shall be yours to crown you. This is a comprehensive promise, for God to be our God: it includes all. … [It is] as if he said, You shall have as true an interest in all my attributes for your good, as they are mine for my own glory.Thomas Brooks
Sometimes we think that the Lord does not love us because we do not feel or know His love. But do we not love our children even when they are young and do not know us? … We may think that because we have so many sins, or so many afflictions, that therefore the Lord does not love us, but do we judge righteously? Have our children no love from us when they are sick? God knows our mold that we are but dust. He has freely chosen us to be His children, and therefore (notwithstanding all our sins and sufferings) He loves us still. If He sees Ephraim bemoaning his stubbornness, as well as sickness, the Lord cries out, and cannot refrain: “Is Ephraim my dear son? Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 31:20).
Isaac Ambrose, Prima, Media, and Ultima (1674), 79.
Christians ought to love Christ with supremacy of love; they must place Him in the highest seat of their hearts (Matthew 10:37). … Christians may love father and mother; the laws of God and nature require it. They may love husband and wife; the Word of God enjoins the husband to love his wife as his own body and as Christ loved the Church. They may love sons, daughters, brethren, sisters, kindred, friends, yea, enemies—and they ought to do it. Yet all must be with a subordinate love. They must love Christ with their chief love; otherwise, they are not worthy to stand in the relation of disciples.Thomas Vincent, The True Christian’s Love to the Unseen Christ
The awareness of God’s wrath makes us thankful for his loving act in Christ. …
Suppose someone is told: “If God hated you while you were still a sinner, and cast you off, as you deserved, a terrible destruction would have awaited you. But because he kept you in grace voluntarily, and of his own free favor, and did not allow you to be estranged from him, he thus delivered you from that peril.”
This man then will surely experience and feel something of what he owes to God’s mercy.
On the other hand, suppose he learns, as Scripture teaches, that he was estranged from God through sin, is an heir of wrath, subject to the curse of eternal death, excluded from all hope of salvation, beyond every blessing of God, the slave of Satan, captive under the yoke of sin, destined finally for a dreadful destruction and already involved in it; and that at this point Christ interceded as his advocate, took upon himself and suffered the punishment that, from God’s righteous judgment, threatened all sinners; that he purged with his blood those evils which had rendered sinners hateful to God; that by this expiation he made satisfaction and sacrifice duly to God the Father; that as intercessor he has appeased God’s wrath; that on this foundation rests the peace of God with men; that by this bond his benevolence is maintained toward them.
Will the man not then be even more moved by all these things which so vividly portray the greatness of the calamity from which he has been rescued?John Calvin
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. — Matthew 5:39–42
At times this very rule of self-sacrifice may require us to take steps in the way of legal appeal, to stop injuries which would fall heavily upon others; but we ought often to forego our own advantage, yea, always when the main motive would be a proud desire for self-vindication. Lord, give me a patient spirit, so that I may not seek to avenge myself, even when I might righteously do so!
— Charles Spurgeon