God’s Love

Love is a Work of the Spirit – John Preston

The love of God is peculiarly the work of the Holy Ghost … Therefore the way to get it is earnestly to pray. … We are no more able to love the Lord than cold water is able heat itself … so the Holy Ghost must breed that fire of love in us, it must be kindled from heaven, or else we shall never have it.

– John Preston –
1587-1628


The Love of God – John Preston

The love of God is peculiarly the work of the Holy Ghost … Therefore the way to get it is earnestly to pray. … We are no more able to love the Lord than cold water is able to heat itself … so the Holy Ghost must breed that fire of love in us, it must be kindled from heaven, or else we shall never have it.

– John Preston –
1587-1628


Gratitude – Ravi Zacharias

“Gratitude” comes from the same word as freedom (gratis = free). Gratitude is the freeing expression of a free heart toward one who freely gave.

– Ravi Zacharias –


The Tapestry Poem

My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.

– Author Unknown –
often quoted by Corrie ten Boom


Fearfully and Wonderfully – John Flavel

Fearfully and wonderfully … am I made, and designed for nobler ends and uses than for a few days to eat, and drink, and sleep, and talk, and die. My soul is of more value than ten thousand worlds.

– John Flavel –
(1627–1691)
see Scriptures: Psalm 139:14; Matthew 10:31; Luke 12:7

No One Is Beyond the Reach of God’s Mercy – John Bunyan

They think themselves beyond the reach of his mercy. Wherefore in answer to this conceit it is, that the Lord asketh, saying, “Is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem?” (Isaiah 50:2) 

– John Bunyan – 
from All Loves Excelling, 1692

God Is With Us – CS Lewis

God whispers to us in our joys, speaks to us in our difficulties, and shouts to us in our pains.

– CS Lewis –
1898-1963

Receiving Something Better – Thomas Watson

The Lord never takes away any comfort from his people without giving them something better. The disciples parted with Christ’s corporal presence and he sent them the Holy Ghost. God eclipses one joy and augments another. He simply makes an exchange; he takes away a flower and gives a diamond. 

– Thomas Watson –
from The Godly Man’s Picture, 1666