Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Newman: the language of the heart

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
    For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
    —1 Thessalonians 1:8 (ESV)
    The heart is commonly reached, not through the reason, but through the imagination, by means of direct impressions, by the testimony of facts and events, by history, by description. Persons influence us, voices melt us, looks subdue us, deeds inflame us.
    ... John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman, v. 8, Oxford University Press, 1999, p. 555 (see the book)
    See also 1 Thess. 1:8; Ps. 40:6-8; Isa. 2:3; 52:7; 66:19; Rom. 10:14-15; 2 Thess. 3:1; Rev. 22:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You demonstrate Your love and presence to me daily.
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