GOD’S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE
God does not love us if we change; God loves us so that we can change. Only love effects true inner transformation, not duress, guilt or social pressure. Only love effects true inner transformation.
Jesus on earth constituted one new man joining heaven and earth. God, the Tremendous Lover, Himself said: “I have loved thee with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3 God pours Himself into us so that we may be one entity, as a body joined to a head: for this is the very desire and longing for ardent lovers. There is nothing God will not do for a loving confident faith.
Very often our own ideas are quite wrong; we are thinking of great works for God, but God is thinking of great love from us. An instant of pure love is more precious in the sight of God than all your good works.
GOD IS A COMPASSIONATE GOD
|The truly good news is that God is not a distant God, a God to be feared and avoided, a God of revenge, but a God who is moved by our pains and participates in the fullness of the human struggle. . . . God is a compassionate God. This means, first of all, that God is a God who has chosen to be God-with-us. . . . As soon as we call God “God-with-us,” we enter into a new relationship of intimacy with him. By calling God Emmanuel, we recognize God’s commitment to live in solidarity with us, to share our joys and pains, to defend and protect us, and to suffer all of life with us. The God-with-us is a close God, a God whom we call our refuge, our stronghold, our wisdom, and even, more intimately, our helper, our shepherd, our love. We will never really know God as a compassionate God if we do not understand with our heart and mind that “the Word became flesh and lived among us” John 1:14.
Mary appeared to Linda Sabbath and told her that the love of the Father was very macho, very Old Testament: I love you; you are mine; if you leave Me I’ll go after you and bring you back and hold you down. This message was accompanied with a sort of sledge hammer of violent love in her heart.
While the love of the Son, Jesus Christ, was more of a courtship, a wooing requiring consent, while that of the Father was fierce and overwhelming.
Mary’s love, on the other hand, was much more delicate, though very intense, and much more like the fragrance of the lily of the valley.