Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Faith Works by Love

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
If in my heart I sin regard,
the Lord will never hear;
but surely God has heard my voice—
he to my prayer gave ear.
Forever blessèd be our God;
my prayer he has not spurned,
nor has he ever yet from me
his lovingkindness turned.
 —Psalm 66:19-20
Suggested tune: Vox Dilecti (CMD)

For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.
—Galatians 5:5-6 
Keeping God's commandments will be easy if there is love in the heart. The will will bow where there is love in the heart. Love is the only fire that is hot enough to melt the iron obstinacy of a creature’s will. The will cannot be driven. Strike it with violence and it stiffens; touch it gently and it yields. If you try to put an iron collar upon the will, like the demoniac in the Gospels, the touch of the apparent restraint drives it into fury, and it breaks the bands asunder. Fasten it with the silken leash of love, and a ‘little child’ can lead it. So faith works by love, because whom we trust we shall love, and whom we love we shall obey.
 —Alexander Maclaren
Let your love for me melt my stubbornness, dear Lord; and may my love for you make me able to seek out your will and obey it...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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