Throughout this teaching series, I am going to write a weekly blog, reflecting on each chapter of the book “Embracing the Love of God” by James Bryan Smith, along with additional thoughts from the weekend message. In this first post, I will highlight some of my favourite quotes from chapter one.
“Many of us find it difficult to believe that God could look at us and smile.”
“For most of my Christian life I related to God on the basis of what I did for him. If I prayed well, studied hard, served much, and sinned little, then I felt reasonably sure that God was pleased with me.”
“I was afraid that my weaknesses would separate me from the love of Christ. Now I see that they cannot. I was afraid that my sinfulness would separate me from the love of Christ. Now I am certain that nothing will ever separate me from the love God has made visible in Jesus.”
“God loves me just as I am, not as I should be.”
“How do we come to know such love? We must ask for it. We must pray that we will come to know and feel this love.”
Frederick Buechner writes: “If you have never know the power of God’s love, then maybe it is because you have never asked to know it – I mean really asked, expecting an answer.”
“Dearest Lord, let your holy love possess me wholly.” (Alphonsus Liguori)