Such love…

“If we are serious about loving God, we must begin with people, all people. And especially we must learn to love those that the world generally discards.”
― John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason

People often seem to react to statements like this with a sigh followed by a ”it’s impossible”… And yes, it is… if we are supposed to perform love. But I don’t believe that’s it. I believe we love because God has loved -and continues to love- us… I believe it’s possible to love because he loves through us. But I also believe that we gotta make a choice to let God love through us, and to let his love change us… And it will.

“Love me, love my rag dolls,” God says. It’s a package deal.”
― John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason

“There is such a love, a love that creates value in what is loved. There is a love that turns rag dolls into priceless treasures. There is a love that fastens itself onto ragged little creatures, for reasons that no one could ever quite figure out, and makes them precious and valued beyond calculation. This is love beyond reason. This is the love of God.”
― John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason

“God sees with utter clarity who we are. He is undeceived as to our warts and wickedness. But when God looks at us that is not all He sees. He also sees who we are intended to be, who we will one day become.”
― John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason