"Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other" (Isa 45:22).   Theme: God is the only Savior. What is God like? Check out the exchange between Aslam the Lion (the Christ figure) and Jill, a very thirsty girl:

“Are you not thirsty?" said the Lion.
"I am dying of thirst," said Jill.
"Then drink," said the Lion.
"May I — could I — would you mind going away while I do?" said Jill.
The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.
The delicious rippling noise of the stream was driving her nearly frantic.
"Will you promise not to — do anything to me, if I do come?" said Jill.
"I make no promise," said the Lion.
Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.
"Do you eat girls?" she said.
"I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms," said the Lion. It didn't say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.
"I daren't come and drink," said Jill.
"Then you will die of thirst," said the Lion.
"Oh dear!" said Jill, coming another step nearer. "I suppose I must go and look for another stream then."
"There is no other stream," said the Lion.” From C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

"Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it." "Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one. All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless." "Remember these things... Return to me, for I have redeemed you." (Isa 44:7a, 8b-9a, 21a, 22b)

Idolatry: It's so easy to make something related to God (even church success, passion for ministry) as more heartfelt than God himself. This turns a good thing into an ultimate thing, a god thing. Thus, anything and all good things can be an idol. [Previously: Stupid Idols and the Predicting God (Isa 42:22-23).]

Quotes on the love of God (Isa 43:4):

"The love of God for man is so great that it cannot constrain [us]... Divine will always will submit itself ... even to revolts of human will [in order] to bring it to a free consent. . . . God is a beggar of love waiting at the soul’s door without ever daring to force it." Vladimir Lossky.

"Grace ... by its very nature, confers independence on the object of its love. It gives, compelling no return ... it liberates rather than enslaves, strengthens rather than weakens free volition ... 'the service of God is perfect freedom.'" Martin Thornton.

"...because I love you..." (Isa 43:4, NIV) "...I have redeemed you..." (Isa 43:1) "...you are my witnesses..." (Isa 43:10, 12) "...I am doing a new thing..." (Isa 43:19) "...I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more..." (Isa 43:25) "...I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants..." (Isa 44:3).

Theme: The loved and happy experience a "new thing" from God (Isa 43:19). The unhappy experience the "same old, same old" stuff.

"Grace to Augustine is that love which lies at the heart of his spirituality; it is that which, by its very nature, confers independence on the object of its love. It gives, compelling no return. It is the one force that cannot bargain, it is the opposite of irresistible passion, for it liberates rather than enslaves, creates not destroys, strengthens rather than weakens free volition: in more familiar language, 'the service of God is perfect freedom.'" Martin Thornton, Anglican priest and spiritual director, UK (1915-1986).