Thursday, February 14, 2019

Edwards: unbroken love

Thursday, February 14, 2019
    Feast of Cyril & Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, 869 & 885
    Commemoration of Valentine, Martyr at Rome, c.269
    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    —Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
    As we get older, we know what we need most from forgiveness is not suspension of punishment, but assurance that love is unbroken even when we are separated... We must realize that God is against us when we are sinning; yet we dare trust that His gracious love reaches to us across the chasm which separates us from Him. When we understand His loving attitude and accept His Grace, He releases His love in us. By that love we are able to begin to keep His commands for us—to love Him with heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
    ... K. Morgan Edwards (1912-2003), Hoping to be Somebody, K. Morgan Edwards, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1959, p. 69,74-75 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:38-39; Ps. 136; Matt. 22:36-40; John 10:28-30; Col. 3:3-4; Jude 1:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your love is constant, despite my sin.
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