THE SECOND WEEK:
Wednesday 4 January 2017
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. …
There is no fear in love,but perfect love drives out fear
because fear has to do with punishment,
and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 1 John 4
“Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were (completely) astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened. Mark 6
How often fear takes away our ability to love!
But, love drives out fear.
It appears that the key is to “understand the incident of the loaves.”
If Jesus has power, then it is foolish for us to fear.
If we won’t let Jesus have power in our lives,
then our hearts are still hardened.
Let us surrender our hearts to the Lord,
that we might let Him love us
and take away all our fears,
that we might love more courageously, more completely.
My love for You is so imperfect, Lord.
I know I am filled with fear
and yet I long to taste the depths of Your love.
Give me the joy of lasting peace
and fill my heart with so much love
that there is no more room for the worry and dread.
Open my eyes to those around me
and give me the courage to act in justice
to make try to improve their lives by my love
as You would do.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.