Tuesday, August 9, 2016

John 7:45-52

John 7:45-52
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

  No one has ever spoken like Jesus.  No one else can speak directly to the heart, because it is Christ who has formed our hearts, Christ who knows us intimately, as no one else can.  Christ can speak to our deepest needs, because no one else truly understands exactly what the heart longs for.  We often end up confused, because the voices of the world intermingle with the calling of the Spirit, and even when we think we know what is good, we discover that we have distorted the message of Scripture.
  And so Christ speaks to us, speaks with power directly to us, and our hearts and minds are captured in ways the world has never known.
  Our first job, then, is to listen.  God spoke in the beginning, and he has been speaking ever since.  Like most conversations, I often try to talk before I listen, thinking that what I have to say is more important.  In prayer, in worship, throughout our days, we are called to listen to what God has to say to us, to be still and let him lead us, to be quiet and trust, resting in him.  Only then can we truly move forward.

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