John Owen on the Love of God

“The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him is not to believe that he loves you.”

(Owen, Communion with God)

“The love of God is like himself – equal, constant, not capable of augmentation or diminution; our love is like ourselves – unequal, increasing, waning, growing, declining. His, like the sun, always the same in its light, though a cloud may sometimes interpose; ours, as the moon, has its enlargements and straightenings.”

(Owen, Communion with God)

“So much as we see of the love of God, so much shall we delight in him, and no more.”

(Owen, Communion with God)

“Keep the heart full of a sense of the love of God in Christ. This is the greatest preservative against the power of temptation in the world…Store the heart with a sense of the love of God in Christ, and his love in the shedding of it; get a relish of the privileges we have thereby, our adoption, justification, [acceptance] with God; fill the heart with thoughts of the beauty of his death; and thou wilt, in an ordinary course of walking with God, have great peace and security as to the disturbance of temptations.”

(Owen, On Temptation)

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