God’s Love

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Paper 1 – The Universal Father

1:3:8 (26.2) I know the truth of the great declarations: “God is spirit” and “God is love,” and these two attributes are most completely revealed to the universe in the Eternal Son.

Paper 1 – The Universal Father

1:4:5 (26.7) The God of universal love unfailingly manifests himself to every one of his creatures up to the fullness of that creature’s capacity to spiritually grasp the qualities of divine truth, beauty, and goodness.

Paper 1 – The Universal Father

1:5:8 (28.5) Notwithstanding that God is an eternal power, a majestic presence, a transcendent ideal, and a glorious spirit, though he is all these and infinitely more, nonetheless, he is truly and everlastingly a perfect Creator personality, a person who can “know and be known,” who can “ love and be loved,” and one who can befriend us; while you can be known, as other humans have been known, as the friend of God.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:1 (38.6) “God is Love”; therefore his only personal attitude towards the affairs of the universe is always a reaction of divine affection.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:2 (39.1) God’s love is universal; “whosoever will may come.”

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:3 (39.2) God’s love is by nature a fatherly affection; therefore does he sometimes “chasten us for our own profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.”

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:9 (40.1) The Father’s love follows us now and throughout the endless circle of the eternal ages. As you ponder the loving nature of God, there is only one reasonable and natural personality reaction thereto: You will increasingly love your Maker; you will yield to God an affection analogous to that given by a child to an earthly parent; for, as a father, a real father, a true father, loves his children, so the Universal Father loves and forever seeks the welfare of his created sons and daughters.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:10 (40.2) But the love of God is an intelligent and farseeing parental affection. … God is love, but love is not God.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:11 (40.3) At times I am almost pained to be compelled to portray the divine affection of the heavenly Father for his universe children by the employment of the human word symbol love.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:5:12 (40.4) When man loses sight of the love of a personal God, the kingdom of God becomes merely the kingdom of good. Notwithstanding the infinite unity of the divine nature, love is the dominant characteristic of all God’s personal dealings with his creatures.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:6:7 (41.5) It is true that wisdom does often restrain his love, while justice conditions his rejected mercy. His love of righteousness cannot help being exhibited as equal hatred for sin.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:6:8 (41.6) God loves the sinner and hates the sin: such a statement is true philosophically, but God is a transcendent personality, and persons can only love and hate other persons. … The love of God saves the sinner; the law of God destroys the sin.

Paper 2 – The Nature of God

2:6:9 (42.1) love identifies the volitional will of God. The goodness of God rests at the bottom of the divine free-willness—the universal tendency to Love, show mercy, manifest patience, and minister forgiveness.

Paper 3 – The Attributes of God

3:6:2 (52.5) The will of God is divine truth, living love; therefore are the perfecting creations of the evolutionary universes characterized by goodness—nearness to divinity; by potential evil—remoteness from divinity.

Paper 3 – The Attributes of God

3:6:7 (53.5) But he is more; he is personal; he exercises a sovereign will, experiences self-consciousness of divinity, executes the mandates of a creative mind, pursues the satisfaction of the realization of an eternal purpose, and manifests a Father’s love and affection for his universe children.

Paper 4 – God’s Relation to the Universe

4:4:6 (59.2) In God the Father freewill performances are not ruled by power, nor are they guided by intellect alone; the divine personality is defined as consisting in spirit and manifesting himself to the universes as love. … He is eternally motivated by the perfect idealism of divine love, and that tender nature finds its strongest expression and greatest satisfaction in loving and being loved.

Paper 5 – God’s Relation to the Individual

5:1:2 (62.4) There is an infinite grandeur and an inexpressible generosity connected with the majesty of his love which causes him to yearn for the association of every created being who can comprehend, love, or approach him; and it is, therefore, the limitations inherent in you, inseparable from your finite personality and material existence, that determine the time and place and circumstances in which you may achieve the goal of the journey of mortal ascension and stand in the presence of the Father at the center of all things.

Paper 5 – God’s Relation to the Individual

5:1:8 (63.6) Therefore settle in your philosophy now and forever: To each of you and to all of us, God is approachable, the Father is attainable, the way is open; the forces of divine love and the ways and means of divine administration are all interlocked in an effort to facilitate the advancement of every worthy intelligence of every universe to the Paradise presence of the Universal Father.

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