“Many saints have no greater burden in their lives than that their hearts do not come clearly and fully up, constantly to delight and rejoice in God-that there is still an unwillingness of spirit unto close walking with Him. What is at the bottom of this distemper?
Is it not their unskillfulness in or neglect of this duty, even of holding communion with the Father in love? So much as we see of the love of God, so much shall we delight in Him, and no more. Every other discovery of God, without this, will but make the soul fly from Him.” -John Owen
“The best proof that God will never cease to love His people lies in that he never began.” -Geerhardus Vos
“It is necessary for us to recognize that there is an intelligent mysticism in the life of faith… of living union and communion with the exalted and ever-present Redeemer… He communes with his people and his people commune with him in conscious reciprocal love… The life of true faith cannot be that of cold metallic assent. It must have the passion and warmth of love and communion because communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion.” -John Murray
“His commitment and love go deeper than his response to anything in you. Instead, he loves you because that is the way he is: He is a lover, a faithful, extravagant lover. He was not initially drawn to your greatness, and he won’t run away when your less attractive side is revealed.” -Ed Welch, Running Scared
“We are not merely individuals thrown up or thrown out by an evolutionary process. God is concerned about us one by one.” -Martyn Lloyd-Jones
“God is not a God who tolerates you. He is a God who loves you. He is a God who desires you.” -Author unknown (HT: Depraved Wretch)