FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016
Key Bible Verse: And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5, NASB)
Dig Deeper: Romans 5:1-5
The Holy Spirit’s love is like a ray, a beam, a single force, unopposable and glorious, full of joy and power. Yet we perceive that same force differently depending on what is inside of us. If we are dark, we perceive his love as light; if we are hungry, we perceive it as food and nourishment; if we are broken, we perceive it as the setting of bones; if we are guilty, as forgiveness; if dead, we are brought to life, the very life of love, the very life of the Spirit who raised Christ from the dead like a grain of wheat.
The promise is that all of this is proof of belovedness. There is no promise that that provision will be easy or pleasant or will feel kind in the moment, only that it all must and shall be agape, unconditional love.
For some, belovedness means scourging and martyrdom. For others, it means honour and esteem. For all, though, belovedness is root and branch, fruit – and the flower before fruit. Life – no easy, but abundant and good. The very life of God in Christ, the Beloved. The very life of the Spirit, who, in spite of every difficulty, in spite of every action of opening and closing that might pain us, is called the Comforter.
– Paul Pastor in The Face of the Deep
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