crackers in glass jar
there is always
a flame that
spreads like wildfire
after a summer drought
licking up dry stalks
burning the shroud
clearing the ground
from which we came
with that one thing
when we meet
we can talk of more
because i know
How do we Love more? Do we need more Love? Where can we get more of this thing called Love? Does Love come from our own making? Is it assembled in a factory and shipped in airtight containers? Can we buy it from the local market, or is it sold at a special shop? Does someone grow it? Where does Love come from?
After writing the last post about what Lewis had to say in a chapter of his book, Mere Christianity, i had a feeling of being in a place of knowing that i am not to judge others. But, what i did not say, is that knowing this only tells me just how much i need Jesus and the Holy Spirit in me. I need God’s saving Grace.
I can’t go very long without thinking or speaking some kind of judgement about someone. Finding fault is part of my natural self. I need the Holy Spirit to speak to my heart about these things in a way that still leaves my heart open to Him. It is the Holy Spirit that speaks to and changes my heart in Love. It is that way with everyone. I don’t know if the Holy Spirit is going to work through those words or not. I am not even sure if i needed to write them.
But, anyway, more of what i got out of what Lewis wrote and my first post about it is:
I don’t know how the Holy Spirit works.
I need to listen to the Holy Spirit.
I need to obey Him.
And i know that i don’t do this very well, but, He does not give up on me.
And last, but, not least.
I am sure that i don’t need to tell other people what they are doing wrong,
as much as i just need allow God to use me in His Love.
In this chapter, Mr. Lewis is speaking about the fact that everyone needs to be saved. People often try and judge the realness of Christ (as well as the realness of a person’s belief) by judging the natural gifts of certain people. We can not see the heart and soul of anyone as God can see these things.
People have no spiritual basis for judging another person’s spiritual life. It is in the gift of free will, for each person to be able to choose who they will believe and follow, and where they are in that belief and following. This is one of the main places where all people can keep their pointing finger aimed at their own heart.
If you want to know the realness of Christ, look to and talk to Christ.
If you must judge a person’s realness of belief, look at your self.
If you are a believer in Jesus, the Son of God,
take a gander at Matthew 7:1-3.
Putting your trust in God, not in man…
You can look it up in God’s Word and read about it at Bible Gateway.
Jason’s post, and more book reading links on this chapter, can be found at his blog.
listen for the Spirit
an unmerited gift
be here now
into the mystery
into the Love
of the crucified Son
(Written after reading Glynn’s post,“i am not qualified for this”,
and pages 228 & 229 of the ragamuffin gospel.)
the curtain has been torn
breaking the surface
we see our sinful self
in the darkness
we know who we are
no need to hide
from the light
walk in the light
see our sinful nature
no need to hide
our ragamuffin self
no need to hide
our Love of God
we shall not hide
for all our Love and
all Glory goes to our Savior
we are no longer lost
no longer apart
no longer alone
rise from beneath
shake the placid surface
feel the living water
know the pain and destruction
the anguish, and hurt
of this life
from it He was not spared
we know His Love is in all
no need to hide
take up your cross
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Loving God opens your heart to Him.
Real Love starts with God.
And if our giving of love doesn’t start with loving God,
then it just makes everything a lot harder.
Thankfulness to God is part of Loving God.
Speak thankfulness to God throughout your day.
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. ✜