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“We are so preciously loved by God that we cannot even comprehend it. No created being can ever know how much and how sweetly and tenderly God loves them. It is only with the help of his grace that we are able to persevere in spiritual contemplation with endless wonder at his high, surpassing, immeasurable love which our Lord in his goodness has for us.” (Julian of Norwich)

“God’s tender love is ineffable. He offers Himself to those who with all their faith believe that God can dwell in the human body and make it His glorious abode. God built heaven and earth to be the dwelling place of the human race. But He also built the human body and soul to make them His own abode, so that He might dwell therein and rest there as in a well-kept house.” (St. Makarios the Great)

“Though exalted far above our nature and inaccessible to all approach, like a tender mother who joins in the inarticulate utterances of her baby, [God] gives to our human nature what it is capable of receiving. Thus, in the various manifestations of God to humanity He adapts Himself to humankind and speaks in human language and assumes wrath and pity and other emotions, so that through feelings corresponding to our own, our infantile life might be led as by the hand and lay hold of the divine nature by means of the words which His foresight has given.” (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

"Hope is the intellect's surest pledge of divine help and promises the destruction of hostile powers. Love makes it difficult or, rather, makes it utterly impossible for the intellect to estrange itself from the tender care of God; and when the intellect is under attack, love impels it to concentrate its whole natural power into longing for the divine" (St. Maximos the Confessor)

“The gray matter of the brain will one day crumble and decay, but the tenderness of the heart is from everlasting to everlasting and in touching it we have touched immortality.” (Agnes Sanford)

"Our psychology is such that memory throws unexpected images before us, it can torment us with guilt over our past deeds. Often we know how terrible the things are we have done and a part of us shrinks away at the very thought of them. Faith in God’s love leads us beyond this habit; it reassures us that what has been confessed and absolved is truly wiped away. The devil would rather have us hide away from God in shame." (Father Spyridon Baily)

“Due to our lack of complete trust in God’s revelation that we are made in the divine image and likeness, most of us get caught up in trying to be extraordinary. We become insecure and are tempted to rest our sense of self on something less than God’s love for us. As a result, we waste our energy worrying about whether we are liked, respected, effective, or as good as other people.” (Robert J. Wicks)

“Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. Sadly, too often we hear those words and aren’t able to apply them to how we live on a day-to-day basis...No matter what the circumstances, no matter how much we mess up, no matter how many powerful forces there are that would try to damage our relationship with Him, God will be there for us with His love.” (Foundation Study Bible, Romans 8:39) “We all feel that this Divine love is somehow very far away, that God is very far away when, in fact, it is we who are moving further away from Him.” (Elder Thaddeus Of Vitovnica)

“To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labor to make us lovable.” (C.S. Lewis)

“The believer can rejoice and rest in the knowledge that God is present in every place and every situation in life.” (Foundation Study Bible, Psalms 139:7-12)

“The Scriptures and man's experience both bear witness that all things work together for good to those who love God. Setbacks and difficulties there will be, but God turns them into “light affliction” (2Co 4:17, 18; 12:9, 10).” (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 8:28-30)

“He never gives more than we are able to endure. For people who love God, all things work for good. Pray and beseech God to give you faith and patience—to be freed from thoughts of despair.” (Elder Ieronymos of Aegina)

“If you are having a difficult time, you are not alone. It is the very nature of human life. That same struggle, however, united with Christ in His Cross, becomes transformative – not in the manner that the world expects, but in the likeness of the Crucified and Risen Christ.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Nothing provides more lasting peace and joy in all circumstances than a strong faith that is a direct result of a relationship with Christ. The more anyone grows in faith due to this relationship the more they will be at peace with their lives because they will feel God’s presence and grace in all circumstances.” (Sacramental Living)

“Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. Sadly, too often we hear those words and aren’t able to apply them to how we live on a day-to-day basis...No matter what the circumstances, no matter how much we mess up, no matter how many powerful forces there are that would try to damage our relationship with Him, God will be there for us with His love.” (Foundation Study Bible, Romans 8:39)

“Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s constant presence with us.” (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 8:35-39)

“While nothing external can separate us from the love of God, we can choose to reject Him by our own free will. Nevertheless, even those who remain in eternal rebellion against God are still loved by Him. Even our rejection of God cannot take away His love for us.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 8:38-39)

"Sometimes you may feel God is hard on you and doesn't love you... Truth is He Loves you too much to leave you the way you are." (Follow Jesus)

“God’s tender love is ineffable. He offers Himself to those who with all their faith believe that God can dwell in the human body and make it His glorious abode. God built heaven and earth to be the dwelling place of the human race. But He also built the human body and soul to make them His own abode, so that He might dwell therein and rest there as in a well-kept house." (St.Macarius the Great)

“...our self-worth is based on the fact that God loves us and calls us His children...This is perhaps the hardest truth of any to grasp. Do we wake up every morning amazed that we are loved by God?...The burden of life is from ourselves, its lightness from the grace of Christ and the love of God.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 John 3:1, David Ford, William Bernard Ullanthorne)

“God, from the depth of His being, is love. This love is not limited to a one-time action, nor bound by a conditional time-frame. God’s love flows out of His essence…God’s love is freely given, conditioned neither by our worthiness nor by any claim we might make on the Lord… The love of God is an expression of divine faithfulness.” (Dynamis 7/1/2013, Dynamis 4/29/2014)

“When we begin to realize and truly feel the depth of the love that God has for us, and the profound love Christ displayed by taking our place on the cross, we can begin to return that love, and then turn around and extend that love to other people.” (Richard A. Grumberg)

"One could say the whole battle of Christian life, the very purpose of asceticism, is to acquire divine love." (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

"…active, tangible love for others is part of righteousness. And active love for others grows out of our life in Christ. United to Christ, who is true knowledge, we come to know the love of God for ourselves, and the Lord leads us in turn to love others so that we may attain peace…"The greatest thing that happens between God and the human soul is to love and to be loved." (Dynamis 3/25/2015, Kallistos Kataphygiotis)

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