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Considering God's Love

by Marilyn Madison Campbell

I believe His love comes pursuing us. The psalm says, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life." My grandson (theology student) tells me that, in the original, the word "follow" is a military term that indicates pursuing. His love is coming after us. With that in mind I think His forgiveness must be the same way. Forgiveness is part of the love of God, a love so deep that it can hardly be expressed. We should never doubt the love and forgiveness of God.

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Oct 05, 2010
The Hound of Heaven
by: Ray Foucher

Thanks Marilyn for your comment. What you say about the word "follow" reminds me of the phrase "The Hound of Heaven" used to describe God's relentless pursuit of us.

Here is a relatively short description I found of the much longer poem The Hound of Heaven:

The name is strange. It startles one at first. It is so bold, so new, so fearless. It does not attract, rather the reverse. But when one reads the poem this strangeness disappears. The meaning is understood. As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with unhurrying and imperturbed pace, so does God follow the fleeing soul by His Divine grace. And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide itself, Divine grace follows after, unwearyingly follows ever after, till the soul feels its pressure forcing it to turn to Him alone in that never ending pursuit.

- The Neumann Press Book of Verse, 1988

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The Greek has multiple words for forgiveness? God forgives (charizomai) whether we ask or not. Receiving forgiveness (apheimi) is by our choice.
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