Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bunyan: mutual refreshment

Thursday, August 31, 2017
    Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651
    Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725
    Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
    You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
    —Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV)
    Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have upon each of them the dew of Heaven, which, being shaken with the wind, they let fall at each other’s roots, whereby they are jointly nourished, and become nourishers of one another.
    ... John Bunyan (1628-1688), The Whole Works of John Bunyan, v. I, London: Blackie, 1862, p. xxviii (see the book)
    See also Gal. 5:13-14; Deut. 32:2; Isa. 55:10-11; Rom. 15:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:6-8; Eph. 5:19-20; 1 John 3:16-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Bless you, Lord, for the precious brothers and sisters You have given me.
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