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Sons to Glory! 02-01-2020 06:36 AM

TA Sparks - Love Heart
 
I read this today (Feb 1st) in the T. Austin Sparks devotional, Daily Open Windows, and thought to copy here. I was struck by the simple message: God has a purpose because of His love!

Quote:

February 1

For God loved the world so much .... (John 3:16 NLT)

There is a great weight made to rest upon that little word "for" - "For God so laved the world." We say that John 3:16 is the heart of the gospel: it is much more than that, it is the heart of the universe. There is back of all things in this created universe a heart; not just a mind or a will, a sign, a reason, a power, a fiat, but a heart. We are familiar with the attempts to prove there is a design in creation, that there is a mind behind the universe, and that a will brought it into being. That is all quite good and right; but we are not so often asked to consider that behind it all there is a heart - and more heart than anything else. The reason, the will, the design, comes from the heart. Everything takes its rise in the heart of God.

We have said much about the thoughts of God, the counsels of God. The nearer we get to the very center of things, the more we shall become affected by this fact, that right there in the center is a heart. It is a heart that we shall come to eventually; not an explanation to satisfy our reason, not a demonstration of power, but just a heart - but a mighty heart: and when we use that word rightly, we simply mean love. We speak of people being heartless. That means that they are without all that love means. Love is not the governing thing in their thoughts, actions, and motives; they are strangers to love. Heart then, for us, means love, and when we say that back of all things and at the center of all things there is a heart, we mean there is love.

From: His Great Love - Chapter 1
www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001268.html

Sons to Glory! 02-03-2020 11:38 AM

Re: TA Sparks - Love Heart
 
The reason I posted this Sparks piece is that the LC was so focused on God's purpose so exclusively, rather than His love. At least I don't remember hearing much about God's motivation and reason for doing it all . . . His infinite love for us.

Trapped 02-03-2020 12:37 PM

Re: TA Sparks - Love Heart
 
Thanks for posting this. I like it. I often do focus on God having a mind and His awesome creating power, but forget the heart of love that is behind it.


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