Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

And the Next Five Minutes Continues…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 12, 2012

To make a quick recap…

It is in returning to Him in true repentance – the receiving of His Holy Spirit within our hearts – that we can reject evil and all it’s false promises, and cling to charity in all humility accepting any trial and persecution that comes our way…

“May Christ dwell in your hearts through FAITH, and may CHARITY be the ROOT and FOUNDATION of your life.”

We have a HOPE in the ONE who came before us, Who LOVED us SO MUCH that He “accepted death, even death on a cross”, to reconcile us with the Father…

“Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the holy ones, the breadth, the length, the height and depth of Christ’s LOVE and experience this LOVE which surpasses all knowledge, so that YOU may ATTAIN to the fullness of God Himself.”

The coming of the Spirit of God into the hearts of those who will welcome Him in is no trifling matter.  For His presence brings forth the “Faith and Charity” the root-foundation of our life in Christ…

“To Him whose power is now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine – to Him be glory in the Church, and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, world without end.  Amen!”

THEREFORE…

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Thursday, Evening Prayer, Week III: READING: 1Peter 3: 8-12 (emphasis and commentary added)

All of you should be like minded, sympathetic, loving towards one another, kindly disposed and HUMBLE.

Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult.  Return instead a blessing…

If you curse another you defile your own tongue, and Jesus warned, “Hear and understand, not what goes into the mouth defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” ~Mt 15: 10c-11

So, if we were to give a BLESSING instead of a curse, “God Bless them and make them holy”, then our WORDS become our ACTIONS which reflects our hearts.  And when our hearts BLESS instead of curse, then our hearts WILL RECEIVE that LOVE that “surpasses all understanding”.

This you have been called to do so that you may receive a BLESSING as your INHERITANCE…

As the Psalmist Says…

“He who cares for life and wants to see prosperous days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.  He MUST TURN FROM EVIL and do good, seek peace and follow after it, because the Lord has eyes for the Just and ears for their cry.

But against evil doers, the LORD SETS HIS FACE (cf. Ps 34: 12-16)

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

RESPONSORY: The Lord has given us food, BREAD of the finest wheat.

And why is it so important we have this LOVE within us?  BECAUSE, the DAYS ARE HERE and COMING SOON when ALL who claim Christ as their Sovereign Lord will be put “to the test” in one way or another.  And if we do not truly possess Christ in our hearts when that TESTING comes…

Those without will be like the seed that fell and had “no nourishment”, “no roots”, nothing to keep them alive.  Thus they shall wither away inside as their “faith” withers and dies.

BUT if we hold to the TRUTH OF CHRIST, stand fast when we’re called upon, and remember the BASICS…

“When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour for it is not you who speaks, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” ~Mt 10: 19-20

THEREFORE…

CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Friday, Evening Prayer, Week III: READING: James 1: 2-8 (emphasis added with commentary)

My brothers [and sisters], count it PURE JOY when you are involved in every sort of trial.  Realize that when your faith is TESTED this makes for ENDURANCE…

“More than than, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces CHARACTER, and character produces HOPE…

AND HOPE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT US!

because God’s LOVE has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ~Romans 5: 3-5

[Therefore,] let endurance come to its perfection so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing.

If any of you is without wisdom, let him ask it from the God who gives generously and ungrudgingly to all, and it will be given to him…

“..to Him whose power is at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine…”

Yet he must ask in FAITH, never doubting…

“…your LOVE must be sincere.  Detest what is evil, cling to what is good.”

…for the doubter is like the surf tossed and driven by the wind.  A man of this sort, devious and erratic in all that he does, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

The Word of the Lord… Thanks be to God!

Hey!  Are you noticing a pattern yet???

RESPONSORY: Christ LOVED us, and washed away our sins, in His own BLOOD

Recommended Reading:

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Love’s Enduring Gift (read the first 3 chapters for FREE)

So Little Time Left

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