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does the Lord delight?
“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and
passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth
not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy.” Micah 7:18.
How is His mercy continually manifested?
“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because
his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy
faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22, 23.
Is His mercy limited to any special class?
“Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any
thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Acts 17:25.
“That ye may be the children of your Father
which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on
the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:45.
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mankind repaid Him for His love in creating them and giving them all
things to enjoy?
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God.” Romans 3:23. See. Isaiah 1:4-6.
While all men were in this condition, how did God still further show
His love to them?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in
that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.
Is there any difference between the love of the Father and that of the
“I and my Father are one.” John 10:30.
“Believe me that I am in the Father, and the
Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.” John 14:11.
Into what relationship to God does His love bring us, if we accept it?
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God; therefore the world
knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” 1 John 3:1.
What is given us to show that we are sons?
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but
ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba,
Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with out spirit, that we
are the children of God.” Romans 8:14-16.
What does the Holy Spirit beget in the hearts of those who receive it?
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed
abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5.
If the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, what effect will it
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one
another.” 1 John 4:11.
How much must we love one another?
“This is my commandment, That ye love one
another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12.
“Hereby perceive we the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren.” 1 John 3:16.
What exhortation is based upon Christ’s love for us?
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given
himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling
savour.” Ephesians 5:2.
If we have the love of God, will we love only those who love us?
“Ye have heard that
it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good
to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you.” Matthew 5:43, 44.
“For if ye love them which love you, what
reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?” Matthew 5:46.
*** Did God
love us because of any good that we had done?
“Not by works of righteousness which we
have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us
abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” Titus 3:5, 6.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved
us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-6.
What alone should prompt all our acts?
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus
judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.” 2 Corinthians 5:14.
In what other way is God’s love manifested to His people?
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be
zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 3:19.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,
and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” Hebrews 12:6
What may we confidently expect, from the fact that God so loved us as
to give Christ to die for us?
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how
shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.
What is God’s love for His children able to do when enemies rise up
“Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the
LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD
thy God loved thee.” Deuteronomy 23:5.
If we appreciate this loving kindness, what will we do?
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the
children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” Psalms 36:7.
enduring is God’s love to us?
“The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with
lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3
Can anything turn aside the love of God for those who trust Him?
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor
height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38, 39.
Unto whom will the saints of God ascribe universal praise both here and
“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first
begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” Revelation 1:5.
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