Thursday, May 12, 2005

God's boundless love

"Do not be afraid of anything, never be afraid, and do not grieve. Just let repentance not slacken in you, and God will forgive everything. There is not, and cannot be in the whole world such a sin that the Lord cannot forgive one who truly repents of it. A man even cannot commit so great a sin as would exhaust God's boundless love. How could there be a sin that exceeds God's love? Only take care that you repent without ceasing, and chase away fear altogether. Believe that God loves you so as you cannot conceive of it; even with your sin and in your sin God loves you....Go then and do not be afraid. Do not be upset with people, do not take offense at their wrongs. Forgive the dead man in your heart for all the harm he did you; be reconciled with him truly. If you are repentant, it means that you love. And if you love, you already belong to God...With love everything is bought, everything is saved. If even I, a sinful man, just like you, was moved to tenderness and felt compassion for you, how much more will God be. Love is such a priceless treasure that you can buy the whole world with it, and redeem not only your own but other people's sins. Go, and do not be afraid".

Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1.2.3

2 Comments:

Blogger St.Phransus said...

Maybe the best quote on God's grace I've ever heard. I've started to read that book several times and always put it down before I get into it. I should pick it up again.

7:51 PM  
Blogger JP Manzi said...

That is a great quote, the biggest thing with sin for a lot of people is forgiveness, forgiveness of oneself. Satans biggest scheme, ones denial of being unable to let go and fall under Gods grace

3:14 AM  

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