Saturday, June 20, 2020

Allshorn: all of love

Saturday, June 20, 2020
    And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
    —Romans 5:5 (NIV)
    The Holy Spirit is ... born from Love and is of Love, all its treasures are of love, and if we are to believe our Gospels it is received by love and love only. I am aware that to talk of love vaguely like this is not much help. I know how difficult it is to die to pride and self-concern, to the cowardice of a spiritual apathy that dare not face itself for what it fears to know. I know how difficult it is to remember, and to act as though we knew, that only forgiveness has a Resurrection, resentment has not—all those things that are the great and tormenting enemies to Love and its gracious freedoms.
    ... Florence Allshorn (1887-1950), The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, London: SCM Press, 1957, p. 64 (see the book)
    See also John 6:63; Rom. 5:5; Eph. 2:17-18; Gal. 5:22; 6:8; 2 Pet. 1:21; Rev. 22:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit implants love in my heart.
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