Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples


Our Relationship With God


He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?   Romans 8:32

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are...     1 John 3:1

The little child has nothing to prove, nothing to show, nothing to be proud of.  All the child needs to do is to receive the love that is offered.  Jesus wants us to receive the love he offers.  He wants nothing more than that we allow him to love us and to enjoy that love.  This is so hard since we always feel that we have to deserve the love offered to us.  But Jesus wants to offer that love to us not because we have earned it, but because he has decided to love us independently of any effort on our side.

                                                         Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak


Another picture that our Lord loves to use is that of the shepherd who goes out to look for the sheep that is lost.  So long as we imagine that it is we who have to look for God, then we most often lose heart.  But it is the other way about: He is looking for us.  And so we can afford to recognize that very often we are not looking for God; far from it, we are in full flight from him, in high rebellion against him.  And he knows that and has taken it into account.  He has followed us into our darkness; there where we thought finally to escape him, we run straight into his arms.

                                                         Simon Tugwell, Prayer in Practice


From all eternity, long before you were born and became a part of history, you existed in God’s heart.  Long before your parents admired you or your friends acknowledged your gifts or your teachers, colleagues and employers encouraged you, you were already ‘chosen.’  The eyes of love had seen you as precious, as of infinite beauty, as of eternal value...That’s the truth spoken by the voice that says, ‘You are my beloved.’  Listening to that voice with great inner attentiveness, I hear at my center words that say: ‘I have called you by name, from the very beginning.  You are mine and I am yours.  You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests.  I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you together in your mother’s womb.  I have carved you in the palms of my hands and hidden you in the shadow of my embrace.  I look at you with infinite tenderness and care for you with a care more intimate than that of a mother for her child.  I have counted every hair on your head and guided you at every step.  Wherever you go, I go with you, and wherever you rest, I keep watch.  I will give you food that will satisfy all your hunger and drink that will quench all your thirst.’

                                                        Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved


There is love that creates value in what is loved.  There is a love that turns rag dolls into priceless treasures. There is a love that fastens itself onto ragged little creatures, for reasons that no one could ever quite figure out, and makes them precious and valued beyond calculation.  This is a love beyond reason.  This is the love of God. This is the love with which God loves you and me.                

                                                        John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason


  • How have you most experienced God’s love for you?
  • What prevents you from experiencing God’s love in a fuller measure?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

"But God is present in reality no matter what unreality our practices and our ponderings imply.  He is forever trying to establish communication; forever aware of the wrong directions we are taking and wishing to warn us; forever standing at the door of our loneliness, eager to bring us such comradeship as the most intelligent living mortal could not supply; forever clinging to our indifference in the hope that someday our needs, or at least our tragedies will waken us to respond to his advances.  The Real Presenceis just that, real and life transforming."      The Captivating Presence by Albert Edward Day

God does not love us because we are valuable.  We are valuable because God love us.    Fulton John Sheen

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Never Been Unloved

verses related to this topic

  • Psalm 103:8-14

    Psalm 103:8-14

    The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.

  • Isaiah 49:15-16

    Isaiah 49:15-16

    Can a woman forget her nursing child, and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

  • Jeremiah 31:3

    Jeremiah 31:3

    The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’

  • John 3:16

    John 3:16

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

  • John 14:21

    John 14:21

    "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."

  • Romans 5:8

    Romans 5:8

    But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

  • Romans 8:16

    Romans 8:16

    The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.

  • Romans 8:32

    Romans 8:32

    He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

  • Galatians 4:7

    Galatians 4:7

    Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.

  • Ephesians 2:4-5

    Ephesians 2:4-5

    But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).

  • 1 John 3:1

    1 John 3:1

    See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

  • 1 John 4:9-10, 16

    1 John 4:9-10, 16

    By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins….And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

books related to this topic

  • Life of the Beloved

    Life of the Beloved

    The Life of the Beloved is a ringing affirmation that everyone is loved by God and can enjoy “the life of the beloved.” It reveals the wonders of the spiritual journey and renews the fire of faith.

  • Love Beyond Reason

    Love Beyond Reason

    In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you’ve longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy.

  • The God Who Comes

    The God Who Comes

    Not an easy read because his thoughts have come from years in the desert and they are deep. But the theme of God’s seeking and finding us underscores our importance—yea even preciousness to God.

  • The Road to Daybreak

    The Road to Daybreak

    The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen’s intimate diary that records the poignant year at L’Arche that began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and self-discovery. With simplicity and honesty, he describes how the experience changed his attitudes and enriched his spiritual life.

  • Prayer in Practice

    Prayer in Practice

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