Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.

"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 9

“The greatest truth in all of Scripture is this:  God is love.  Understanding this in its full dimensions will set you free to enjoy all that is yours as a Christian.”  H. Blackaby, Experiencing God Day-by-Day, 9/25

“Understanding this in its full dimensions” means we have to have a right understanding of what love is.  Just as we must understand what love is, we must understand what it is not.  It is not getting our own way and it is not having all the bumps in the road smoothed out before we get there.  If we don’t root out all the wrong beliefs about love, they will lie in wait ready to jump out in front of us to make us miserable at a time we most need to experience true love.  True love looks out for what is best for us.  This is why only God can truly love us because only He can know what is best for us.  He created us with the end in mind.  He knows what we need best to reach that end.  What it comes down to is letting God love us.  This means we must accept all that He allows into our lives believing He has a plan.  This is why it is so helpful to have an inkling of the “why” behind things.  But when we don’t, we mustn’t think God doesn’t have a “why”.  He does.  We must trust His love.  This is the only way we can receive His blessings in all things.

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part, then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.  So faith, hope, love abide, these three but the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:12, 13

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