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Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:32 PM

~ A Course In Love ~
 
 
~ Love & Mercy ~
 
...Mercy is simply justice tempered by that wisdom which grows out of perfection of knowledge and the full recognition of the natural weaknesses and environmental handicaps of finite creatures. “Our God is full of compassion, gracious, long-suffering, and plenteous in mercy.” Therefore “whosoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved,” “for he will abundantly pardon.” “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting”; yes, “his mercy endures forever.” “I am the Lord who executes loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight.” “I do not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men,” for I am “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort....”
 
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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:4.1 of The Urantia Book - P.38.1
 
 
 
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Posted 16 March 2014 - 08:00 AM

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~ Love & Forgiveness ~

 

...God is inherently kind, naturally compassionate, and everlastingly merciful. And never is it necessary that any influence be brought to bear upon the Father to call forth his loving-kindness. The creature’s need is wholly sufficient to insure the full flow of the Father’s tender mercies and his saving grace. Since God knows all about his children, it is easy for him to forgive. The better man understands his neighbor, the easier it will be to forgive him, even to love him....

 

 

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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:4.2 of The Urantia Book - P.38.2

 

 

 

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 07:45 AM

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~ Love, Mercy & Fairness ~

 

...Mercy is the natural and inevitable offspring of goodness and love. The good nature of a loving Father could not possibly withhold the wise ministry of mercy to each member of every group of his universe children. Eternal justice and divine mercy together constitute what in human experience would be called fairness....

 

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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:4.4 of The Urantia Book - P.38.4

 

 

 

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 07:08 AM

 
 
~ A Course In Love ~
 
~ Love, Mercy & Justice ~
 
...Divine mercy represents a fairness technique of adjustment between the universe levels of perfection and imperfection. Mercy is the justice of Supremacy adapted to the situations of the evolving finite, the righteousness of eternity modified to meet the highest interests and universe welfare of the children of time. Mercy is not a contravention of justice but rather an understanding interpretation of the demands of supreme justice as it is fairly applied to the subordinate spiritual beings and to the material creatures of the evolving universes. Mercy is the justice of the Paradise Trinity wisely and lovingly visited upon the manifold intelligences of the creations of time and space as it is formulated by divine wisdom and determined by the all-knowing mind and the sovereign free will of the Universal Father and all his associated Creators....
 
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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:4.5 of The Urantia Book - P.38.5
 
 
 
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Posted 06 April 2014 - 07:49 AM

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~ The Love Of God ~

 

“...God is love”; therefore his only personal attitude towards the affairs of the universe is always a reaction of divine affection. The Father loves us sufficiently to bestow his life upon us. “He makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust....”

 

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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.1 of The Urantia Book - P.38.6

 

 

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 07:50 AM

~ A Course In Love ~
 
 
~ Sacrifice, Paternal Affection & The Indweller ~
 
...It is wrong to think of God as being coaxed into loving his children because of the sacrifices of his Sons or the intercession of his subordinate creatures, “for the Father himself loves you.” It is in response to this paternal affection that God sends the marvelous Adjusters to indwell the minds of men. God’s love is universal; “whosoever will may come.” He would “have all men be saved by coming into the knowledge of the truth.” He is “not willing that any should perish....”
 
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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.2 of The Urantia Book - P.39.1
 
 
 
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Posted 18 April 2014 - 05:04 PM

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~ Fatherly Affection, Affliction & Sonship ~
 
...The Creators are the very first to attempt to save man from the disastrous results of his foolish transgression of the divine laws. God’s love is by nature a fatherly affection; therefore does he sometimes “chasten us for our own profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.” Even during your fiery trials remember that “in all our afflictions he is afflicted with us.”
 
God is divinely kind to sinners. When rebels return to righteousness, they are mercifully received, “for our God will abundantly pardon.” “I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God....”
 
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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.3 of The Urantia Book - P.39.2
 
 
 
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Posted 20 April 2014 - 07:43 AM

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~ THE Reason To Love God ~

 

...After all, the greatest evidence of the goodness of God and the supreme reason for loving him is the indwelling gift of the Father — the Adjuster who so patiently awaits the hour when you both shall be eternally made one. Though you cannot find God by searching, if you will submit to the leading of the indwelling spirit, you will be unerringly guided, step by step, life by life, through universe upon universe, and age by age, until you finally stand in the presence of the Paradise personality of the Universal Father....

 

 

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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.5 of The Urantia Book - P.39.4

 

 

 

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Posted 27 April 2014 - 07:06 AM

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~ God’s Attributes & Love ~

 

...I find it easy and pleasant to worship one who is so great and at the same time so affectionately devoted to the uplifting ministry of his lowly creatures. I naturally love one who is so powerful in creation and in the control thereof, and yet who is so perfect in goodness and so faithful in the loving-kindness which constantly overshadows us. I think I would love God just as much if he were not so great and powerful, as long as he is so good and merciful. We all love the Father more because of his nature than in recognition of his amazing attributes....

 

 

 

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A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.7 of The Urantia Book - P.39.6

 

 

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 08:07 AM

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~ Response To Love ~

 

...When I observe the Creator Sons and their subordinate administrators struggling so valiantly with the manifold difficulties of time inherent in the evolution of the universes of space, I discover that I bear these lesser rulers of the universes a great and profound affection. After all, I think we all, including the mortals of the realms, love the Universal Father and all other beings, divine or human, because we discern that these personalities truly love us. The experience of loving is very much a direct response to the experience of being loved. Knowing that God loves me, I should continue to love him supremely, even though he were divested of all his attributes of supremacy, ultimacy, and absoluteness....

 

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.8 of The Urantia Book - P.39.7

 

 

 

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 08:47 AM

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~ Endless Love ~

 

...The Father’s love follows us now and throughout the endless circle of the eternal ages. As you ponder the loving nature of God, there is only one reasonable and natural personality reaction thereto: You will increasingly love your Maker; you will yield to God an affection analogous to that given by a child to an earthly parent; for, as a father, a real father, a true father, loves his children, so the Universal Father loves and forever seeks the welfare of his created sons and daughters....

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.9 of The Urantia Book - P.40.1

 

 

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

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~ Individualized Love ~

 

...But the love of God is an intelligent and farseeing parental affection. The divine love functions in unified association with divine wisdom and all other infinite characteristics of the perfect nature of the Universal Father. God is love, but love is not God. The greatest manifestation of the divine love for mortal beings is observed in the bestowal of the Thought Adjusters, but your greatest revelation of the Father’s love is seen in the bestowal life of his Son Michael as he lived on earth the ideal spiritual life. It is the indwelling Adjuster who individualizes the love of God to each human soul....

 

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.10 of The Urantia Book - P.40.2

 

 

 

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 08:06 AM

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~ Defining Divine Love ~

 

...At times I am almost pained to be compelled to portray the divine affection of the heavenly Father for his universe children by the employment of the human word symbol love. This term, even though it does connote man’s highest concept of the mortal relations of respect and devotion, is so frequently designative of so much of human relationship that is wholly ignoble and utterly unfit to be known by any word which is also used to indicate the matchless affection of the living God for his universe creatures! How unfortunate that I cannot make use of some supernal and exclusive term which would convey to the mind of man the true nature and exquisitely beautiful significance of the divine affection of the Paradise Father....

 

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.11 of The Urantia Book - P.40.3

 

 

 

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:25 AM

 
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~ Love’s Dominance ~

...When man loses sight of the love of a personal God, the kingdom of God becomes merely the kingdom of good. Notwithstanding the infinite unity of the divine nature, love is the dominant characteristic of all God’s personal dealings with his creatures....
 
A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:5.12 of The Urantia Book - P.40.4
 
 
 
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 08:55 AM

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~ Love & A Good God ~
 
...In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God. God could be great and absolute, somehow even intelligent and personal, in philosophy, but in religion God must also be moral; he must be good. Man might fear a great God, but he trusts and loves only a good God. This goodness of God is a part of the personality of God, and its full revelation appears only in the personal religious experience of the believing sons of God....

 

 
A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:6.1 of The Urantia Book - P.40.5
 
 
 
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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:11 AM

 
~ A Course In Love ~
 
~ As A Father Loves ~

...The concept of God as a king-judge, although it fostered a high moral standard and created a law-respecting people as a group, left the individual believer in a sad position of insecurity respecting his status in time and in eternity. The later Hebrew prophets proclaimed God to be a Father to Israel; Jesus revealed God as the Father of each human being. The entire mortal concept of God is transcendently illuminated by the life of Jesus. Selflessness is inherent in parental love. God loves not like a father, but as a father. He is the Paradise Father of every universe personality....
 
A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:6.4 of The Urantia Book - P.41.2
 
 
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Posted 22 June 2014 - 09:39 AM

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~ Love Vs Justice ~

 

 

...Righteousness implies that God is the source of the moral law of the universe. Truth exhibits God as a revealer, as a teacher. But love gives and craves affection, seeks understanding fellowship such as exists between parent and child. Righteousness may be the divine thought, but love is a father’s attitude. The erroneous supposition that the righteousness of God was irreconcilable with the selfless love of the heavenly Father, presupposed absence of unity in the nature of Deity and led directly to the elaboration of the atonement doctrine, which is a philosophic assault upon both the unity and the free-willness of God.

 

The affectionate heavenly Father, whose spirit indwells his children on earth, is not a divided personality — one of justice and one of mercy — neither does it require a mediator to secure the Father’s favor or forgiveness. Divine righteousness is not dominated by strict retributive justice; God as a father transcends God as a judge....

 

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:6.5 of The Urantia Book - P.41.3

 

 

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 08:28 AM

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~ Justice, Righteousness, Sin & Perfect Unity ~

 

...God is never wrathful, vengeful, or angry. It is true that wisdom does often restrain his love, while justice conditions his rejected mercy. His love of righteousness cannot help being exhibited as equal hatred for sin. The Father is not an inconsistent personality; the divine unity is perfect. In the Paradise Trinity there is absolute unity despite the eternal identities of the co-ordinates of God....

 

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:6.7 of The Urantia Book - P.41.5

 

 

 

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:40 AM

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~ God’s Love, Sinning & Justice ~

 

...God loves the sinner and hates the sin: such a statement is true philosophically, but God is a transcendent personality, and persons can only love and hate other persons. Sin is not a person. God loves the sinner because he is a personality reality (potentially eternal), while towards sin God strikes no personal attitude, for sin is not a spiritual reality; it is not personal; therefore does only the justice of God take cognizance of its existence....

 

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:6.8 of The Urantia Book - P.41.6

 

 

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 07:56 AM

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~ God’s Love & The Sinner ~

 

...The love of God saves the sinner; the law of God destroys the sin. This attitude of the divine nature would apparently change if the sinner finally identified himself wholly with sin just as the same mortal mind may also fully identify itself with the indwelling spirit Adjuster. Such a sin-identified mortal would then become wholly unspiritual in nature (and therefore personally unreal) and would experience eventual extinction of being. Unreality, even incompleteness of creature nature, cannot exist forever in a progressingly real and increasingly spiritual universe....

 

A Divine Counselor – Paper 2:6.8 of The Urantia Book - P.41.6

 

 

 

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