Vol II No. 5
Daily Thought

The Goodness of God: William Law

by William J. Martin

AllSaintsChurch_Kings_CliffeThe Goodness of God breaking forth into a Desire to communicate Good, was the Cause and the Beginning of the Creation. Hence it follows, that to all Eternity, God can have no Thought, or Intent towards the Creature, but to communicate Good; because he made the Creature for this sole End, to receive Good. The first Motive towards the Creature is unchangeable; it takes its Rise from God’s Desire to communicate Good; and it is an eternal Impossibility, that anything can ever come from God, as his Will and Purpose towards the Creature, but that same Love and Goodness which first created it: he must always will that to it, which he willed at the Creation of it. This is the amiable Nature of God, he is the Good, the unchangeable, overflowing Fountain of Good, that sends forth nothing but Good to all Eternity. He is the Love itself, the unmixed, unmeasurable Love, doing nothing but from Love, giving nothing but Gifts of Love, to every Thing that He has made; requiring nothing of all his Creatures, but the Spirit and Fruits of that Love, which brought them into Being. Oh, how sweet is this Contemplation of the Height and Depth of the Riches of Divine Love! With what Attraction must it draw every thoughtful Man, to return Love for Love to this overflowing Fountain of boundless Goodness? What Charms has that Religion, which discovers to us our Existence in, Relation to, and Dependence upon this Ocean of Divine Love! View every Part of our Redemption, from Adam’s first Sin, to the Resurrection of the Dead, and you will find nothing but successive Mysteries of that first Love, which created Angels and Men. All the Mysteries of the Gospel are only so many Marks and Proofs of God’s desiring to make his Love triumph, in the Removal of Sin and Disorder from all Nature and Creature.

William Law: The Spirit of Prayer