In recent days, there have been an unseasonable amount of new readers to my little blog. Welcome. Thanks for reading.
As a way of saying thanks for reading, I thought I would give you a quote from a long-deceased, forgotten-by-history German theologian named Helmut Thielicke.
Since the next couple of posts are going to be about loving what God loves, here is a not-so random comment that good old Helmut wrote down in a really big book-
God does not love us because we are of such worth but we are of such worth- we bear the alien dignity- because God loves us. God does not assess our worthiness to be loved. No, it is his creative act that he makes us worthy of his love. This act shames us because it compels us to confess that we are unworthy of it and that it is his pity that causes him to confess us. Along these lines Luther describes as follows the difference between divine and human love. God’s love does not find its object already there but creates it. Man’s love, however, begins with its object.”
Pretty awesome, yes? What do you think about that idea?