God is Love

“Some of us believe that God is all mighty, and may do all; and that He is all wisdom, and can do all; but that He is all love, and will do all, there we fail.”

This was written by Mother Juliana, also known as Julian of Norwich (1343 – after 1416), She was an English anchoress (someone who withdraws from society in order to live a completely prayer-oriented life) during the Middle Ages. She wrote the best known surviving book in the English language written by a mystic, Revelations of Divine Love. The book is the first written in English by a known woman author.

Julian is right is saying it is easier to believe that God is all powerful, and all knowing than to believe that He loves us at all times. Whenever bad things happen, it’s easy to doubt or to question the love of God. At those times, this verse is comforting:

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

We may not understand, but we can trust. God is love.

For more about the love of God see:

Hesed–God’s Love in Action

Martin Luther on God’s Love (Agape)

Love Through God Goggles

Martin Luther on Serving Others

“To find Christ in such poverty, and what his swaddling clothes and manger signify, are explained … that his poverty teaches how we should find him in our neighbors, the lowliest and the most needy; and his swaddling clothes are the holy Scriptures; that in actual life we should incline to the needy; and in our studies and contemplative life only to the Scriptures; in order that Christ alone may become the man of both lives and that he may everywhere stand before us.”

Martin Luther

the Martin Luther monument in Dresden (Germany) Stock Photo - 69303219

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Serving

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“The Church is the Church only when it exists for others…not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Community of Saints

“The community of the saints is not an ‘ideal’ community consisting of perfect and sinless men and women, where there is no need of further repentance. No, it is a community which proves that it is worthy of the gospel of forgiveness by constantly and sincerely proclaiming God’s forgiveness”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together

If you have never read Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, I highly recommend it as a realistic look at living in the Christian communion of saints.

 

A Third Quote on Spiritual Gifts

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A Quote About Spiritual Gifts

As God’s children, we are not to be observers; we’re to participate actively in the Lord’s work. Spectators sit and watch, but we are called to use our spiritual gifts and serve continually.

R.C. Sproul on Repentance

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R. C. Sproul was not a Lutheran, but this sounds quite a bit like Martin Luther’s First Thesis, doesn’t it?
Confession should be a daily activity for the Christian, whose entire pilgrimage is characterized by the spirit of repentance. —R.C. Sproul

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Need for Repentance

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession…Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

How the Reformation Changed the Environment

“The Reformation inspired a mood of anti-authoritarianism, which led to backlash against the feudal system and, by extension, to the democratic movement around the world. In the centuries following the Reformation, movements like women’s suffrage and the abolition of slavery traced their roots back to Reformation-era principles.”

—Reference.com

I wonder what our world environment would be like today if Martin Luther had not been inspired by God to take a stand? He influenced his environment, rather than allowing the environment influence him.  Any thoughts, readers?

Trusting Your Leader

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"I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my guide." - Martin Luther