Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt
I saw the Milky Way in full glory once, while visiting a refugee camp in Somalia, just below the equator... I could not lift my sights beyond that refugee camp situated in an obscure corner of an obscure country on the Horn of Africa. Until I saw the Milky Way. It abruptly reminded me that the present moment did not comprise all of life. History would go on. Tribes, government, whole civilizations may rise and fall, trailing disaster in their wake, but I dared not confine my field of vision to the scenes of suffering around me. I needed to look up, to the stars. Philip Yancey from Finding God in Unexpected Places (pg. 29)
Philip Yancey's words paint a true picture of this world, full of difficulty and full of God. Those who serve the world do not speak of God, do not listen to God. These unbelievers frequently denounce Christians who faithfully witness for Christ.
...because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 1John 4:4 NLT
We find ourselves surrounded by chaos and confusion, which always comes from evil; yet, we are never alone, always have hope. The Holy Spirit resides within every believer. How easily we get lost in the negative and forget to look for God's Presence. It is everywhere! Just take time to look, even to the stars.
READ 1 John 4:4-6
- Identify evil influences in your daily life?
- How can I give God the "greater" place in my life?
- Is the Spirit abiding in me?
Holy Father - The world speaks a language designed to rob You of glory. Sometimes, the burden of the confusion and disorder almost suffocate me. My hope is Christ! Like fresh air, the Spirit breathes new life into the darkest moments. You are greater than anything in this world. Amen. -dho
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