November 13, 2009

Robert Harris (1581–1658) on God's Common and Special Love

"But here it must be remembered, that there is a twofold love in God; first, a common love, which he bears to all the creatures: Secondly, a special love, which he placeth upon his own: (like as there is a double providence of God, first general, which extendeth to all, secondly special, which he exerciseth only toward his children) we may not conclude any thing to our selves upon those evidences that seal up a general love of God only, or his general providence; but ground upon such as are signs of his special love, or else we do nothing."


Notice how Harris connects God's common love with general providence. God provides for all creatures in his general love.

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