Things are precious, often because of their relationship. The most precious thing a mother has is her dear babe. We all love those who are near to us by the ties of nature. Precious, therefore, in the sight of the Lord are His saints, because they are born in His household, by regeneration made to be His sons and daughters.
Think not that God our Father has less affection towards His children than we have towards ours. Ah, no! No mother’s heart ever yearned over her child, and no father’s bosom ever rejoiced over his offspring, as the heart of God yearns over His erring children, and as His soul rejoices when they come back to Him.