“We live on borrowed breath. We are alive in the most profound sense of the word–filled with the very breath that spoke creation into being. God looks upon humanity’s frame of dust and say, “I formed you, I love you, and I delight in you.” We are beloved dust.”
Jamin Groggin and Kyle Stroebel in “Beloved Dust”
“We must understand that God does not “love” us without liking us – through gritted teeth – as “Christian” love is sometimes thought to do. Rather, out of the eternal freshness of his perpetually self-renewed being, the heavenly Father cherishes the earth and each human being upon it. The fondness, the endearment, the unstintingly affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what he is to the core – which we vainly try to capture with our tired but indispensable old word “love”.”
Dallas Willard in “The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God”
“A person greatly beloved.” Daniel 10:11
“Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title? Ah! has your unbelief made you forget that you are greatly beloved too?… You were called by grace and led to a Savior, and made a child of God and an heir of heaven. All this proves, does it not, a very great and superabounding love?
Since that time, whether your path has been rough with troubles, or smooth with mercies, it has been full of proofs that you are a person greatly beloved. .. … Come boldly, O believer, for despite the whisperings of Satan and the doubtings of your own heart, you are greatly beloved.”