Joy and Strength 08/04

In His love and in His pity He redeemed them.
Isa. Ixiii. 9.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.
Ps. ciii. 13.

God only knows the love of God:
Oh, that it now were shed abroad
In this poor stony heart;
For love I sigh, for love I pine;
This only portion, Lord, be mine,
Be mine this better part.
Charles Wesley.

DON’T measure God’s mind by your own. It would be a poor love that depended not on itself, but on the feelings of the person loved. A crying baby turns away from its mother’s breast, but she does not put it away till it stops crying. She holds it closer. For my part, in the worst mood I am ever in, when I don’t feel I love God at all, I just look up to His love. I say to Him, “Look at me. See what state I am in. Help me! Ah! you would wonder how that makes peace. And the love comes of itself; sometimes so strong, it nearly breaks my heart.
George Macdonald.

He dpes not love us because we are so lovely, but because He always loves what He pities.
Elizabeth Prentiss

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