“There are very few people
who realise what God would make of them
if they abandoned themselves into his hands,
and let themselves be formed by his grace. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to trust myself totally to God’s love.”
From today’s sacredspace.ie.
There is a need for words, in prayer, in relationship, in mission. (Let no one tell you otherwise.) But in the space between the words, there is also revelation and communication. And there is concealment of some sort. (Jesus did not reveal himself completely to others.) Let the former be honest, and keep the latter from being malicious.
Let us seek to have “the good will of all the people” Acts 2.47, by being people of compassion and commitment. Above all, let us give heart, soul, and mind to the Lord. “O Lord, teach me how you want me to live! Then I will obey your commands. Make me wholeheartedly committed to you!” Psalm 86.11.
One more lesson tonight in the “Divine Initiative” series here in Chillicothe OH, on “The Family of God.” The Lord’s grace gives us community. We cannot survive alone. We need each other. God created us as social beings, as souls who need fellowship for growth and service. The key word is love. The spiritual family deserves greater priority than the physical. It is more important. Let us live in family, and learn to serve and love.
Please download the PDF of Ed Mathews’s free devotional book, Plow New Ground. Today’s meditation alone is worth the effort, based on 2 Cor 2.14. Among other things, Ed writes,
Messenger of God. As a captive in the victory procession of God, Paul spread everywhere the message of redemption, II Corinthians 2:14. The Lord made His intentions known through His surrendered servant, Colossians 1:25. Paul was not fickle. He was faithful. He followed the drum beat of heaven. He was “sent from God,” II Corinthians 2:17b. He went when the Lord called. He did what the Lord commanded. His life was not his own. It belonged to God. Consequently, Paul could rightly say, “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” Galatians 2:20.
People read so many flawed denominational materials — hey, we have far superior writings and true teaching in many brotherhood material, like this one.