A perfect world their hearts have always yearned for…

God, the Creator of the universe, in order to rescue man from punishment for his rebellion, came to earth and took on humanity in Jesus, the Savior, to die on a cross and rise from the dead, so that in the final resurrection those who receive his mercy will enjoy a wonderful friendship with their sovereign Lord in the kind of perfect world their hearts have always yearned for.

Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2758

The fact of our Father’s faithful mercy…

It is a sensible practice to remind ourselves of the fact of our Father’s faithful mercy—what the ancient Hebrews called his “loving-kindness”—when our feelings tell us otherwise.

Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2601

If God is not Triune…

If God is not Triune, he cannot love until he creates. Thus, love would be a quality he gains, not an unchangeable moral perfection deep in his being.

Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1668

God’s love is not a thing in itself…

God’s love is not a thing in itself, so to speak, but is tied, like all of his attributes, to his goodness, the very goodness we are inclined to question when evil runs rampant. “Why doesn’t God do something?” we wonder. Yet we cry foul when we learn God will do something decisive about evil and we are the evildoers.

Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 1469

Brought in kicking, struggling, resentful…

You must picture me alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

C. S. Lewis, from Surprised by Joy, kindle Locations 3035

The command to love means nothing…

But the command to love means nothing unless one knows what love means. And the meaning of love is found in God. For God is love. Ignorance of the nature of God will mean ignorance of the nature of absolute love.

Norman Geisler, from The Christian Ethic of Love, p. 16