Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In his life incarnate in the world, Christ Jesus manifested tougher and more holy love than most of us can fathom. Not only did he preach that we can turn evil to good by loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us, but from the agony of the cross, he also forgave those who turned against him and tortured him as he gave up his life for his ‘friends’ – each man, woman and child of the world. Jesus’ love was not of a sentimental nature, smoothing over rough waters and sending flowers to all the ladies – but rather a courageous and powerful love that allowed him to remain faithful to the glory and holiness of God. Is this same ‘robust’ love a possibility for me? Can I become so at one with Father God that , like Jesus, I can willingly give up my life that others might live? Jesus prayed to his Father that this would be so. Am I open enough to the Holy Spirit of God that the love that was in Christ Jesus can flow within me and out from me - to God, to the earth, to my family and friends near, and to others in the world at large? Holy Spirit of God, let the love within Jesus be within me also.
On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul. (Psalm 138:3)
There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve him, boldness to share him and contentment within him.
J.I. Packer, Knowing God
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.