Ignatius: the soldier's duty
Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
[Jesus:] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
—John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Toil together one with another, struggle together, run together, suffer together, lie down together, rise up together, as God’s stewards and assessors and ministers.
Please the Captain in whose army ye serve, from whom also ye will receive your pay. Let none of you be found a deserter. Let your baptism abide with you as your shield; your faith as your helmet; your love as your spear; your patience as your body armor. Let your works be your deposits, that ye may receive your assets due to you.
... Ignatius of Antioch (ca. 35-98?), Letter to Polycarp [ca. 108?], par. 6 (see the book)
See also John 13:34-35; Ps. 68:17-18; Rom. 15:5-6; Eph. 4:3; 6:7-8,11-17; Col. 3:23-24
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, unite us by love in Your service.
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