God Is Love

“God is love!” 1 John 4:16

That is, in Christ, God is love.

All that God does for His children–is in love!

All that He withholds from us–is in love!

And all that He requires of us–is in love!

His precepts are from love–as much as His promises!
His warnings are as much from love–as His invitations!
His prohibitions are as much from love–as His permissions!
His love uses the rod–as well as gives the kiss!
His love withholds–as well as gives!

All, all, is done in love!

O sweet and blessed representation of Jehovah! How can I be justified in complaining of any of His dealings? In Jesus,
all His thoughts, are loving thoughts;
all His words, are loving words; and
all His works, are loving works.

In giving, or withholding–He manifests His love.

In afflicting, or restoring–He alike displays His love.

Every pain, and every pleasure–is from His love.

Every storm, and every sunbeam–is from His love.

The fruitful shower, and the destroying hurricane–are ruled and overruled by divine love, for the good of the believer in Jesus.

“The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son!” Hebrews 12:6

-James smith


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