But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,
1. God is a God of rich mercies.
(1) Let us acknowledge His mercy to us.
(2) Let us imitate it in our dealings with others.
2. It is the love of God which procures His mercy toward us.
(1) This may assure us of God's favour towards us. If a man out of love have sought the friendship of his enemy, and used means to be reconciled to him, is it not likely that he will be constant in his love to him to the end? However this may be with man, it is certain that God will not change (John 13:2; Malachi 3:7).
(2) This teaches us our duty to God and man. He has loved us first, therefore must we love Him again, His love must constrain us; and our love is a reflection of His to us (1 John 4:19; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 John 4:11).
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