OWL Blogs – April 2016

BlogRosemary A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another, By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John13:34-35). The relentless tenderness of Jesus makes loving very personal, immediate, and urgent. Discipleship is not about being right, or being perfect, or being efficient. It’s all about the way you live with each other. In every encounter we either give life or we drain it. There is no neutral exchange. We enhance human dignity or we diminish it. The success or failure of a given day is measured by the quality of our interest and compassion toward those around us. We define ourselves by our response to human need. We reveal our heart in the way we listen to a child, speak to the person who delivers the mail, bear and injury, and share our resources with the indigent.

“Sometimes we think rest is a vacation. Many people retreat to find, only to vacation just outside the door of rest. Rest is living in faith. Rest is belief. Rest is understanding there is nothing to strive from. Rest is deep inner knowing of the fullness of God in you. Rest is realizing that Christ accomplish everything, which enables us to stop striving for things God has already abundantly supplied. Rest is clarity and inner stillness—knowing our unchanging oneness with God. Through revelation knowledge of His truth, you are able to truly live freely, divorced from self-effort. You then rely completely on the power of God that flows out of you, drawing from His infinite life. You are 100% complete in Him. Rest is a gift to be received. It is a relationship to be treasure and enjoyed. Rest is trust. Rest is knowing and connecting with Him as your completion.  His rest is your rest. “For the one who entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:10). ~ Jeremy Mangerchine

“God’s love is not conditional. We cannot do anything to deserve God’s love——for which reason it is called grace; and we need not do anything to provoke it. It is already there. Any love that has the power to bring about Salvation and Redemption must be of this type, absolutely unconditional and free.” ~ Beatrice Bruteau

“God’s name is Mercy. Our encounter with Mercy profoundly affects our interactions with others.  “Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them” (Matthew 5:7). We look beyond appearances, beneath surfaces, to recognize others as companions in woundedness. Swimming in the merciful love of the redeeming Christ, we are free to laugh at the tendency to assume spiritual superiority—in ourselves. We are free to extend to others the mercy we have received.” ~ Brennan Manning

~ Rosemary

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