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You Can See the Father in His Sons If God Himself is both Truth and Love it would be logical to suppose that a deliberate refusal to recognize or harbor truth and love would result in an attitude that makes reconciliation with God impossible. Now if it is true that God is both Truth and Love it will readily be seen that the greatest sins will be unreality, hypocrisy, deceit, lying, or whatever else we choose to call sins against truth, and self-love, which makes fellowship with other people in their proper treatment impossible. J. B. Phillips – Your God is Too Small
The Cross, The Place of Substitution Salvation is of Christ and His Cross. The sacrifice of myself to Christ is not a revelation (supernatural knowledge of God) but an experience (the actual sacrifice of myself on the Cross). “You must remain in Me” (e.g. in Me on My Cross). Only when a man is dead does self-will cease to control him. The only place to have freedom from sin (e.g. Self) is on the Cross. Not near it, not close by it, admiring it, but on it becoming one with God’s will for you in Christ. You can never want God’s will until you stop wanting your own will. You will never stop wanting your own will until you are dead. This is the secret, “I am the resurrection, and the life — he that believeth in Me [e.g. faith that produces works, action] though he were dead, yet shall he live [e.g. Eternal Life]. Again, “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless…”. Tom Van Hoogen
Tears Can Speak Volumes It is not so much the weeping eye God respects as the broken heart; yet I would be loath to stop their tears who can weep. God stood looking on Hezekiah’s tears (Isaiah 38:5), “I have seen thy tears.” David’s tears made music in God’s ears. — T. Watson Charles H. Spurgeon – The Treasury of David abridged by David Otis Fuller, circa 1880, © 1968 by David Otis Fuller, Published by Kregel Publications
He is the Light That Reveals, Not You Depend upon your Lord, not on yourself, to expose your sin and to show you the extent of your sin. Please understand this fact: it is not your diligence, it is not your examination of yourself that will enlighten you concerning your sin. Instead, it is God who does all the revealing. Jeanne Guyon – Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, circa 1680
The Dailyness of the Christlife There is one lesson that all young Christians should learn, and that is the absolute necessity of fellowship with Jesus every day. This lesson is not always taught at the beginning of the Christian life, nor does the new convert always understand it. He should realize that the grace he has received the forgiveness of his sins, his acceptance as God s child, his joy in the Holy Spirit can only be preserved by daily renewal in fellowship with Jesus Christ Himself. Andrew Murray – Andrew Murray 365 Day Devotional, © 2006 Whitaker House.
Jesus, a Mountain of a Man Hence, long after, when the Savior had taken flesh from the descendants of Abraham, He said of Himself; I am the way, and the truth, and the life. This is the universal way which had been prophesied a long time before; And in the last days the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
This way does not belong then, to one but to all the nation; and the Law and the Word of the Lord did not remain in Sion and Jerusalem, but went forth that it might spread throughout the world. For this reason, the Mediator Himself, after His resurrection, said to His alarmed disciples; All things must be fulfilled that are written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me.This universal way for the liberation of souls is the one which the holy angels and holy prophets formerly disclosed to the few who, by the grace of God could understand.
St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
The Love of God Conquers All! The marvellous, uncrushable characteristic of a saint is that he does discern God. You may put a saint in tribulation, amid an onslaught of principalities and powers, in peril, pestilence or under the sword, you may put a saint anywhere you like, and he is more than conqueror every time. Why? Because his heart being filled with the love of God, he has the power to perceive and understand that behind all these things is God making them work together for good. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Different Children, One Father It is a fact that a person who trusts Christ is born into God’s family and becomes a child. There is no doubt about this. You may not feel good, you may regret recent failure, you may be spending your days under a pall of dark depression. But if you have received Christ and truly trust in Him, you have been born again. You may be a prodigal or inconsistent child, but you are a child of a loving, welcoming Father. Enjoy the fruits of your rightful relationship: Take the child’s place at the Father’s table and enjoy His smile. F. B. Meyer – The Best of F. B. Meyer, circa 1910, © 2006 Cook Communications Ministries
The Invincibility of Love Let us consider then what is “that surpassing charity of Christ” (Ephesians 3:19) that conquers love of parents, love of offspring, transcends and even extinguishes affection for a wife, and finally moves the soul to despise itself. O vehemence of love! O violence of charity! O excellent and surpassing charity of Christ! This, brethren, is what we are considering, this is what we are speaking about — the vehemence of charity in the surpassing status of perfect zeal. You well know that it is one thing to talk about charity and another to talk about its consummation; one thing to talk about it, another to talk about its vehemence. Richard of St. Victor – The Four Degrees of Violent Charity; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.