God’s Love for Us

“For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Everlasting Life.”

Jesus Christ

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“We know when the Holy Spirit visits us. We don’t doubt it at all. It’s not like one of our normal feelings. It is something that comes from above and transforms us completely, making us different people.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“The whole Earth is a living Icon of the Face of God.”

Saint John of Damascus

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“The Love of Christ is offered and always passes through other people.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“All who truly believe in Christ and cleave to Him with all their Soul, are changed into His Image by the Power of His Resurrection.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“He Who gives you the day also gives you the things necessary for the day.”

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

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“The greatest marvel of all is that our Father, the God of all wisdom and power, Who presides over the universe, is our Father. Even to me poor Seraphim.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“When Holy Peace reigns in my Soul, then surely the King of Peace dwells within me, the Lord Jesus Christ, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, and then especially I ought to be full of feelings of gratitude to the Lord of Peace, and endeavour with all my strength to preserve this Peace within me by means of fervent Prayer and by abstaining from every sin, both inward and outward.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Christ is the artist, tenderly wiping away all the grime of sin that disfigures the human face and restoring God’s Image to its full beauty.”

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

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“My child, may Heavenly love always fill your heart and flood it with only lofty and Divine desires. Then you will relish the Divine whispers of your adored Bridegroom, Who delights in conversation with you, when your heart is His Throne.”

Elder Amphilochios Makris

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“The Love of Christ… transfigures life.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“When Grace falls upon the hearts of the faithful, it gives to each the energies appropriate to the different virtues without itself changing.”

Saint Mark the Ascetic

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“Do not grow faint. God will not forget your labour, as He did not forget that of others who laboured for the Glory of His Name.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“When God became Man, then Divine Life became human life, Divine power became human power, Divine Truth became human truth, and Divine righteousness became human righteousness: everything which is God’s became man’s.

Saint Justin Popovich

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“Oh, if only man so revered God, as God reveres him!”

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk

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“Christ invites the sinful soul.
Why did you abandon Me, man?
Why did you turn away from the One who loved you?
Why did you join my enemy?
Remember that I came down from the Heavens for you.
Remember that I became flesh.
Remember that I was born from the Holy Virgin Mary.
Remember that I became an infant for you.
Remember that I was humbled for you.
Remember that I became poor for you.
Remember that I lived on Earth for you.
Remember that I endured persecution for you.
Remember that for you, I accepted aspersions, hubris, disgraces, wounds.
Remember that for you ‘I was numbered with the transgressors’.
Remember that for you I suffered a dishonouring death.
Remember that for you I was buried.
I came down from the Heavens to lift you to the Heavens.
I was humbled to lift you.
I became poor to make you rich.
I was dishonoured to glorify you.
I was hurt to give you life.
You sinned and I took that sin on me.
You were to blame and I was executed.
You are the debtor, and I paid your debt.
You were sentenced to death and I died for you.
My Love incited me to do it, and my compassion.
I could not bear your suffering and you being in such sorrow.
And you scorn My Love?
Instead of love, you return hate.
Instead of loving Me, you love the sin.
Instead of obeying Me, you obey your passions.
But what is it that you find in Me and try to escape it?
Why do you not want to come to Me?
Are you looking for the good for yourself?
I have all goods.
Are you looking for beatitude?
I have all beatitude.
Are you looking for beauty?
What is there that is more beautiful than Me?
Are you looking for kindness?
Who is kinder than the Son of God and the Virgin?
Are you looking for the high?
What is higher than the King of the Heavens?
Are you looking for glory?
Who is more Glorious than Me?
Are you looking for riches?
All the riches are with Me.
Are you looking for wisdom?
I am the Wisdom of God.
Are you looking for friendship?
Who is more friendly than Me that gave My Soul for everyone?
Are you looking for help?
Who can help you if not Me?
Are you looking for a doctor?
Who can cure you if not me?
Are you looking for gladness?
Who will give it to you if not Me?
Are you looking for consolation in your sorrows?
Who will console you if not Me?
Are you looking for quietness?
You will find the quietness for your Soul in Me.
Are you looking for peace?
I am the Peace of the Soul.
Are you looking for life?
I am the Source of Life.
Are you looking for the light?
I am the Light of the world.
Are you looking for the truth?
I am the Truth.
Are you looking for the way?
I am the Way.
Are you looking for the guide to Heaven?
I am the Faithful Guide.
So, why do you not want to come to Me?
You do not dare approach Me?
Who is, really, more approachable than me?
Are you afraid of begging Me?
When did I, really, refuse to do something when they begged me with faith?
Your sins won’t allow you?
But I died for the sinners.
Are you sad for the number of your sins?
My compassion is larger.
‘Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'”

Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk

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“What He was, He laid aside; what He was not, He assumed. He takes upon Himself the poverty of my flesh so that I may receive the riches of His Divinity.”

Saint Gregory Nazianzus

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“Wake up, oh human being! For it was for you that God was made man. Rise up and realise it was all for you.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“God shows us His love for man not only in those instances when we do good, but also when we affront Him with our sins and anger Him.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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