One of the greatest words of Scripture tells us that man was made “in the image of God.” From that phrase, throbbing with hope, we gather that our moral and spiritual nature was planned on the same model as God’s… This thought lies at the basis of all our reasonings about God.
Of course, there must always be the limitations of the finite, the shadows of mortality falling thick and dense, the wilting effect of sin; but nevertheless there is so great a similarity between God and us, that we can reason from what we know of ourselves to the nature of Him who is eternal, immortal and invisible. This is especially true of love. We use the term of the mysterious affinity between parent and child, friend and friend, husband and wife. It is the strongest factor in our nature, which bridges distance, defies time, triumphs over impassable barriers, and irradiates with golden light …ordinary people. We cannot explain it. We only know that when this passion takes possession of us, it eliminates self, and makes another’s interests the pivot of thought and effort and life. Then, turning from ourselves to God, we cry, “It is thus that God feels towards man.” “God loved the world.” “He loved me.”
–A wee running discourse on love, selected from the writings of F.B Meyer (to be continued)