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Daily Meditations - The Love of God in Practice by St Alphonsus Liguori Day 6

Gods gift of himself 

But God was not satisfied with giving all these beautiful creatures to us. To make captive all our love, He has added the gift of His own self - the Eternal Father has added the gift of His own Son: "God so loved the world as to give his only-begotten Son." (John, 3,16). When the eternal father saw that we where all dead, and deprived of His grace because of sin, what did He do? Moved by His immense love - for it is thus, indeed, that the Apostle writes - because of the excessive love that He has for us, He commanded His beloved Son to make satisfaction for us. So it was in this way that the life, which had been taken away from us by sin,  was given back to us : " Because of the excessive love he bore us, he bought us to life in Christ, even when we were dead in our sins." (Eph, 2 4-5). And when He gave us His son - not sparing His Son in order that He might spare us - together with His son He gave us everything that is good: His grace, His love, and paradise; for certainly all these good things are of much less account than the gift of God's own Son. "He did not spare His own son, but surrender him for us all, and with this gift, how can he fail to lavish upon us all he has to give." (Rom.8, 32)