more than kindness

 

March 23, Thursday 2017

 

This is the command I gave to them, "Obey my voice and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it will be well with you." - Jeremiah 7:23

It is for people that we care nothing about that we demand happiness on any terms: with our friends, our lovers, our children, we are exacting and would rather see them suffer much than be happy in contemptible and estranging modes. If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense. 

Lord Jesus Christ, son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.