You simply cannot love God unless you know how much he loves you

Walter Marshall, writing in 1692 on gospel-driven change:

When you consider what real love for God is, you can easily see that you cannot love God… if you think you are under the curse and wrath of God. You cannot love God if you are under the continual, secret suspicion that he is really your enemy. You cannot love God if you secretly thinks he condemns and hates you…

You simply cannot love God unless you know and understand how much he loves you.

Just look to your own experience in this matter. Can you think of any time you had true love for God without first having had an enormous sense of God’s love toward you? (31)

Further…

God has made it very clear in his word how he brings his people from sin to holy living – he first makes them understand that he loves them, and that their sins are totally blotted out (33).

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