Thought of the Day May 16, 2022 Only through love

By 11:41 AM

 In one sense, Jesus makes it easy for us to experience his presence. He said: "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." (John 14:24) When we are obedient to Jesus' command to love as he has loved us, then the infinite enters into our lives in a new and transforming way. Simple. Not really. Because of the root of sin in our lives, it is hard to love others as Jesus has loved us. Yet, this is the key to his indwelling presence within us. Our spiritual journey is moving from the darkness of selfishness into the light of selflessness. The bridge is love. Not just any love. The agape love of Jesus, which seeks what is truly best for us and others. It is the love of the cross, where we lay down our life for another, not looking to receive anything in return. It is the obedience to the will of God in the present moment, namely, love this person as you have been loved by God. Pray for the grace to obey the word of God. Then act on that grace out of love of God and the other. This love doesn't happen overnight or automatically. It comes through much discipline and obedience to God's word. The lives of the saints attest to this.

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