Friday, August 25, 2023

Phillips: no suffering, no love

Friday, August 25, 2023
    And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
    —Revelation 5:9 (NIV)
    We should all like life to be free from suffering, and our love to be free from pain. But there is no true love without suffering. So the highest love of all, the love of Christ for men, showed unforgettably how deeply he must suffer in order to bring men to himself.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), For This Day, Denis Duncan, ed., Word Books, 1978, p. 54 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 5:9; John 12:32-33; Rom. 5:8; 8:32; Phil. 2:8; Heb. 2:9; 5:7-10; 13:12; 1 Pet. 2:20-21; 4:1; 1 John 2:2; 4:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me patience in all suffering.
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