Sunday, July 21, 2019

Carmichael: user rather than used

Sunday, July 21, 2019
    Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
    —Hebrews 2:14,15 (NIV)
    If I crave hungrily to be used to show the way of liberty to a soul in bondage, instead of caring only that it be delivered; if I nurse my disappointment when I fail, instead of asking that to another the word of release may be given, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
    ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If [1938], London: SPCK, 1961, p. 52 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:20-22; 10:1; Gal. 4:3-5; Heb. 2:14-15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we must be taught still more about neighbor-love.
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