“Loved and Blessed”

WHY does He love me? Just because He will. The cause, the reason — is to be found in His loving heart, and sovereign will alone. Not because I am good, or amiable, or can repay His love — for He loves freely, and fixes His love on the most unlikely and unworthy objects!  How precious the Lord’s people are to Him! Notwithstanding all their unworthiness and sinfulness. Notwithstanding all their departures from Him, and unkindness to Him.
There is nothing on earth, or in heaven, except His only begotten Son — that is as precious to the heart of God, as His people are!

God’s love is always free and unchangeable. Everything outside of God will change — but His love is immutable!  “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you!” (Jeremiah 31:3)  Lord, help me to believe the love which You have for me — and to love You in return! O shed abroad Your sweet love in my heart, and fill that heart with glowing love to You!”

By James Smith, “Loved and Blessed” 1860, www.gracegems.org.

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