FOR HIS SAKE
Thus saith the Lord God: I do not this for your sake, O House of Israel, but for Mine Holy Name. – Ezek 36:22.
“The foundation of all God’s love to us sinful men lies not in us, nor anything about us, not in anything external to God Himself. He, and He alone, is the cause and reason, the motive and the end, of His own love to our world. And unless we have grasped that magnificent thought as the foundation of all our acceptance in Him, I think we have not yet learnt half of the fulness which, even in this world, may belong to our conceptions of the love of God – a love that has no motive but Himself; a love that is not evoked even (if I may so say) by regard to His creatures’ wants; a love, therefore, which is eternal, being in that Divine heart before there were creatures upon whom it could rest; a love that is its own guarantee, its own cause – safe and firm, therefore, with all the firmness and serenity of the Divine nature – incapable of being affected by our transgression, deeper than all our sins, more ancient than our very existence, the very essence and being of God Himself. “He frankly forgave them both.” If you seek the source of Divine love, you must go high up into the mountains of God, and learn that it, as all other of His (shall I say?) emotions and feelings and resolutions and purposes owns no reason but Himself, no motive but Himself; lies wrapped in the secret of His nature, who is all-sufficient for His own blessedness, and all whose work and being is caused by, and satisfied, and terminates in His own fulness. “God is love”; therefore, beneath all considerations of what we may want – deeper and more blessed than all thoughts of a compassion that springs from the feeling of human distress and the sight of man’s misery – lies this thought of an affection which does not need the presence of sorrow to evoke it, which does not want the touch of our finger to flow out, but by its very nature is everlasting, by its very nature is infinite, by its very nature must be pouring out the flood of its own joyous fulness for ever and ever!”
The song “The Love of God” will not stop rolling in my head!!!!!!