Sade – No Ordinary Love

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved– and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
(Eph 2:4-6)

“Mercy is the aspect of God which the sinner first and most needs. Dare I approach His awful throne, all wretched and guilty as I am? The apostle answers, He is rich in mercy! But let us contemplate the riches of God a little more generally, and see how His bounty meets and supplies all our wants.”

“When Paul wrote of “heavenly places” as the lot of Christ’s people on earth, it was not to please the imagination or dazzle the fancy with mere spiritual visions–but to show us how near and how available is the source of spiritual and saving strength for daily life.”

– Joseph S. Exell

“It was love to the children of wrath; love to those who had no love to return to him; love to the alienated and the lost. That is true love – the sincerest and the purest benevolence – love, not like that of people, but such only as God bestows. Man loves his friend, his benefactor, his kindred – God loves his foes, and seeks to do them good.”

– Albert Barnes

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