“I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe that divine love, incarnate and indwelling in the world, summons the world always toward wholeness, which ultimately is reconciliation and atonement with God.”
– Wendell Berry
“We must not offer people a system of redemption, a set of insights and principles. We offer people a Redeemer.”
– Paul David Tripp
“God has such gladness every time he sees from heaven that a sinner is praying to Him with all his heart, as a mother has when she sees the first smile on her baby’s face.”
– Fyodor Dostoevsky
“If Christ is God, He cannot sin, and if suffering was a sin in and by itself, He could not have suffered and died for us. However, since He took the most horrific death to redeem us, He showed us in fact that suffering and pain have great power.”
 – E.A. Bucchianeri
“Your current circumstances are part of your redemption story He is writing.”
– Evinda Lepins
“We are too much haunted by ourselves, projecting the central shadow of self on everything around us. And then comes the Gospel to rescue us from this selfishness. Redemption is this, to forget self in God.”
 – Frederick W. Robertson
“Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things – things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him.”
– Oswald Chambers
“To be encouraged and empowered does not mean to look into a mirror and lift up one’s own chin, promoting all of one’s own qualities, blemishes and all.  It means to see nothing without and only everything above.  To go forth means to be so blinded by Christ in front of you that you couldn’t possibly open your eyes to gaze into that mirror at yourself.  Do I really desire to be small – to make myself so small so no one sees me?  I should be the size of that grain of sand – and He should be all of the stars!”
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