GOD IS LOVE
“…search and rescue impulse is in the very center of God’s heart” Doug Newton (ref#166, p35).
GOD is love (1 John 4:8). He is not just loving. Love is not one of His attributes, it is what influences His attributes. Yet, GOD does not love to glorify Himself, His focus is on His people. “…love does not look at itself—it is absorbed in the object of its love” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#211, p116).
“In enriching us with his gifts, God gains nothing for himself, yet he would have the splendor and beauty of his character manifested in bountifully dealing with us….” John Calvin (ref#164, March 7th).
“I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God. And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the Lord their God”(Ex 29:45-46 ESV).
“…God searches passionately for people who are lost, finds them and does whatever He must to make them His possession” Doug Newton (ref#166, p36).
FATHER, You are absorbed in the objects You love. And not only in loving me but all Your human creation that I, privileged as Your helper, search also to bring to You.