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His Love, Not Ours

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      In His love and in His pity He redeemed them.
         --ISAIAH 63:9

      Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.
         --PSALMS 103:13

      GOD only knows the love of God:
      Oh, that it now were shed abroad
      In this poor stony heart;
      For love I sigh, for love I pine;
      This only portion, Lord, be mine,
      Be mine this better part.

      DON'T measure God's mind by your own. It would be a poor love that depended not on itself, but on the feelings of the person loved. A crying baby turns away from its mother's breast, but she does not put it away till it stops crying. She holds it closer. For my part, in the worst mood I am ever in, when I don't feel I love God at all, I just look up to His love. I say to Him, "Look at me. See what state I am in. Help me!" Ah! you would wonder how that makes peace. And the love comes of itself; sometimes so strong, it nearly breaks my heart.

      He does not love us because we art so lovely, but because He always loves what He pities.

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