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Day Five: Man Up-Supernaturally Natural Breathing

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

John 15:9-11 – “’I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love. I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.’”

“Jesus wants us to know (and so to relax in) our deep belovedness, a belovedness as deep as the Father’s extravagant love for his own eternal Son, and that is a very, very deep love indeed. We will make our home in – relax in – this almost incredible love when we keep Jesus’ two fold command in chapters 13 and 14 – to trust him (to let him wash our feet first) and then to have a heart for one another (in grateful response to his heartfelt washing of us to wash one another with heart). The first command, to trust him, is a command to relax and to breathe; the second command, to have a heart for one another, is a command to shape up with some honest effort.

“Balancing these commands in daily life is difficult. For there is much to put up with in other people and, even more, to put up with in ourselves. Real love (let us admit it) does not come easily. The inhaling of an undeserved divine love for ourselves (received by trust) and the exhaling of our all too-human love for others – this is the breathing exercise that disciples practice every day. Trust (breathe in); have-a-heart (breathe out). Without the Spirit’s help in this exercise of Christ’s deep love we can never breathe naturally” (F.D. Bruner, The Gospel of John: A Commentary).

Hear and receive Jesus’ heart for us - joy and being intimately at home in his love, not anxiety and being burdened all the time.

“It is not that we keep his commandments first, and then he loves [us]; but that he loves us, and then we keep his commandments. That is his grace…” (Augustine, John, 82:3 in C.A. 4/2:482).

Today, let us know and rest in Jesus’ very, very deep love for us. Let us make our home in his love as he is making his home in us by the Holy Spirit. Let us breathe in (trust him/his words to us) and breathe out (have-a-heart for one another/others) more and more naturally by his Spirit.


Day Four: Living Expansively

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Day Three: Man Up - His Steadfast Love

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Day Two: Love that Drives Out Fear

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Day One: There Is No Fear in Love

Monday, July 18th, 2016