November 12, 2016
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Quote of the Week
Lord, enlarge my capacity for love so that the inward palate of my heart tastes how good it is; so that your love will absorb me; so that I will plunge into the pool of love.
Lord, let me be possessed by your love, carried by love above myself, lost in the fervor and wonder of your love.
Lord, release me to sing the song of love; follow you, my source of love, to your heights; spend myself in praise of you, rejoicing because of love.
Lord let me love you more than myself, love myself just for you, love all who genuinely love you, as your law of love commands, the last that shines out from you.
Thomas a’Kempis, The Imitation of Christ. From Book III: Inner Encouragement. “The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love” Chapter 5. para 6. (Edited and Paraphrased by Donald E. Demeray. Alba House Press.)
In case you are just joining us, each week we share in an exercise called “The Sixth Day Exercise.” As Genesis 1 has it, God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. Genesis 3 shows us the desecration of the image of God in our race which has only compounded itself across the centuries. It’s why the Image Bearer himself, Jesus Christ, came. His life, death, resurrection and ascension reversed the curse of sin and death and created a pathway whereby our broken race could be made gloriously whole again; restored to the Creator’s intent. Paul put it this way:
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22.
Given we were made on the Sixth Day, it makes sense that we might stop and assess how it’s going on the long journey of being “remade” on each successive sixth day.
J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.