What shall we say this morning that if God is for us that we bid all men a liar. My brothers and sisters in the Lord I thank God for you and the sparing of our lives to see this day of great people like you. Let us get into our devotion this morning.
The beloved of the Lord —Deuteronomy 33:12.
Who is this beloved of the Lord? It is one who believes in the love that God has toward him. We have not to bring about that love, but to recognize it. Peter had a great idea of his own love to Christ: “though all men forsake thee, yet will not I;” but John was content to speak of himself as the beloved of the Lord. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us.” His love to us is as our faith in his love and in our own unworthiness. “O Daniel, greatly beloved,” said the angel to that man of God; and often times a similar declaration runs down to us from the skies. Surely facts speak as loudly as words; how many facts can you at this moment point to, each and all declaring that you are the beloved of the Lord?
Do you still hesitate to class yourself as a third with Daniel and John? Tell me, is there any greater expression of the love of God, than was given in the surrender of his Son to Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Calvary? Did Daniel or John ever receive any more affecting love-token than this? Be only bold enough to know the love that was expressed when Christ tasted death for you, and you may without hesitation sit down beneath the same tree with Daniel and John, and expect them to listen while you speak of the Crucified One.
But ever remember that you cannot begin to estimate the love of Calvary, till you have given up all notions of your own goodness. It makes an immense difference in estimating God’s love, whether that love was bestowed on an utterly vile and repulsive sinner, or upon an amiable being, adorned with many graces, and naturally attractive. If you judge yourself to be this last, then you can never know anything about the love set forth in the gospel; and you will do well to avoid the society of Daniel and John. Divine love made them amiable and attractive; not found them so.
To God I thank you for your redeeming love and grace to us. Pray that you receives of the Lord this morning. God bless
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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