But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us,
When Dr. Arnot was in this country — he is now in heaven — I heard him use in a sermon an illustration that impressed me. He said: "Have you not been in a home where the family were at dinner, and have you not seen the old family dog standing near and watching his master, and looking at every morsel of food as if he wished he had it? If his master drops a crumb he at once licks it up and devours it; but if his master were to set the dish of roast beef down and say, 'Come, come,' he would not touch it — it is too much for him. So with God's children; they are willing to take a crumb, but refuse when God wants them to take the whole platter." God wants you to come right to the throne of grace, and to come boldly.
(D. L. Moody.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,