“Love speaks truth. It reaches beyond the surface of another life, beyond the rhetoric of words and confessions. It seeks to get to the core of an individual and concerns itself with the welfare of their condition IN Christ. This “mind of Christ” ruling within the life of Paul birthed the various epistles to the ONE Church in every location. His letters were brimming with encouragement, exhortation, and reproof; the love of Christ ever seeks to draw His Own into deeper places of fellowship and communion. The depth of our communion with Christ will be revealed in our fellowship with those who are His”
The true Light of Christ is evident among those who live in its dominion.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another…”
1 John 1:7
In the Morning…
“But when the morning was now come,
Jesus stood on the shore.”
The long night seasons of life with its discouragement and shattered dreams lay heavy upon the souls of His disciples. Each in their own way had failed to stand in the great testing and trial of the crucifixion of Jesus. Each one fled in the face of the fury and hatred of the moment. No one had felt the bitter sting more than Peter whose grandiose confession seemed to be so genuine and bold just a few short days before.
In their discouragement they had returned to their former occupation with an inner desolation and a sense of hopelessness. It is here that Jesus appears and meets them in the morning hours. It is here, though at first hidden from their eyes, He first comes to bring the power and hope of His resurrection. It is in His resurrection we have hope to arise from the fresh failures of life. It is in His resurrection we can feel Him invigorating our hearts and our hopes, moving us forward unto a greater sense of His purpose in our lives.
Though the nights be long, our efforts seem futile, and the world about seems not to even notice the starless sky, Jesus will come in the morning; and in His coming the fires of our hearts are rekindled. Rest assured He keeps His own. He watches over the objects of His Love even though the night is dark and the way seems uncertain, He will come with the wonder of His presence and, though we may not recognize Him at first, the truth will dawn and joy will break over our hearts as the morning sun upon the mountains.
“…weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the morning”
“For the true child of God there is no darkness where He does not intend to bring us to the greater light. There is no trial too great that the Great Shepherd will not watch over the soul of His Own. There is no sorrow His comfort cannot fill and no separation too great that He will not compensate with Himself. Let us face this coming year with the true knowledge of His sovereign Wisdom at work on our eternal benefit.” Brian Troxel
The significance of this statement bears eternal repercussions. Its decree brings to every man the responsibility for his own growth…
“But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light…”
“The significance of this statement bears eternal repercussions. Its decree brings to every man the responsibility for his own growth and development in the call and the purposes of God”
– Brian Troxel
The Prayer of Jesus
“That they all may be one;
as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us…”
“The heart that truly seeks this depth in Him will also seek such depths with His people. The evidence of His faith, His heart and His Life within is revealed by the longings for these things. Faith causes us to apprehend this truth, love necessitates it and hope sustains our pursuit of it. We seek Him because He first sought us. We love Him, because He first loved us. The seeking of Him, the pursuit of Him and the longing for the depths of His Being is the result of Him living in us” – Brian Troxel