“In the mind perfect intelligence flourished and reigned, uprightness attended as its companion, and all the senses were prepared and moulded for due obedience to reason; and in the body there was a suitable correspondence with this internal order. But now, although some obscure lineaments of that image are found remaining in us; yet are they so vitiated and maimed, that they may truly be said to be destroyed. For besides the deformity which everywhere appears unsightly, this evil also is added, that no part is free from the infection of sin.”
Jean Calvin (John Calvin)
Commentary on Genesis 1
Found at Wikiquote
“Apart from the Lord Jesus Christ, we’re not just wayward children, wandering from a loving Father. We are traitorous rebels, fighting against our King and trying to dethrone Him…
“Today’s concept of God altogether misses the point. The writer describes Him as a consuming fire. We don’t like that idea. We want a malleable God, a God who needs us, not a God who is stern and just. We see this in the Cross. When the Lord Jesus “became sin for us,” it wasn’t just a display of “love,” it was a display of unmitigated justice. If you want to know what God thinks of sin and sinners, look at the Cross. While it’s true that His death paid for sin, it took His death to do that. I can’t even begin to put into words what I’d like to write about this.”
Hebrews 12:25-29, Escape
Today I looked at someone’s beautiful home
and felt, and indulged in, envy.
After all these years of walking with Him –
Who made Himself poor for our sakes –
do I really want someone else’s good,
which He gave to them as their very own?
(Their difficulties are also all their own –
do I want those too?)
Would I exchange the love He’s shown to me
for the love He’s shown to them?
That would be unloving –
Lord, forgive me!
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.