Thursday, January 18, 2018

Carmichael: lavish love

Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951
    He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
    —Romans 8:32 (KJV)
    [Of Romans 8:32]
    St. Paul had a lovely way of letting his letters break out into song every now and then. ([Dr. Arthur] Way’s translation shows this.) One line in a song that comes in Romans 8 has been a great help to me. Way calls the song a “Hymn of Triumph to Jesus.” This is the line: “How can He [the Father] but, in giving Him [Jesus], lavish on us all things—all?” “Freely give” means to give lavishly. What do I need today? Strength? Peace? Patience? Heavenly joy? Industry? Good temper? Power to help others? Inward contentment? Courage? Whatever it be, my God will lavish it upon me.
    ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), Edges of His Ways [1955], London: SPCK, 1957, p. 15 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:32; Ps. 84:11; Rom. 6:23; 8:28; 1 Cor. 2:12; 3:21-23; Jas. 1:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have showered me with Your abundant life.
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