"...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).