Published 2-14-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday
ON TODAY'S SITE:
George Herbert, Book of Jeremiah, Book of Hebrews, T. D. Jakes,
Vladimir Lindenberg, Brother Lawrence, Henry Ward Beecher
Happy Valentine's Day! There was a St. Valentine, and his feast day
in the Roman Catholic Church was established in 496. What we're
not sure of is whether the date celebrates only one martyr, several
or a bunch. But since the symbol of the holiday is a heart, we will
focus today on Love - and Love's quick, eternal forgiveness.
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Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,
Guiltie of dust and sinne.
But quik-ey'd Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lack'd any thing.
"A guest," I answer'd, "worthy to be here":
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I the unkinde, ungrateful? Ah, my deare,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"
"Truth, Lord, but I have marr'd them: let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," sayes Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My deare, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," sayes Love, "and taste my meat":
So I did sit and eat.
George Herbert (1593-1633)
English poet, orator and Anglican priest
From "A Dialogue Between God and the Soul"
When the Lord forgives, He chooses also to forget.
I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
I will be merciful to their unrighteousness,
and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Notice that word "will." The Bible doesn't say that God
is forgetful or that He can't remember. He wills to forget.
There are many believers today who need to will to forget
their sins once they have confessed them to God and have
been forgiven of them. They need to accept the fullness
of the forgiveness and to choose not to remember
their sins also...
...The more we think about our past sins and moan and
groan over them, the more we keep the knowledge of
them alive in our soul. Then, when we hold our sin as
a thought in our thought bank, it is more likely that
we are going to act on that thought.
From "Loved by God,"
by T. D. Jakes
Bethany House, 2000
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The *Sankhya teaches that all matter-bound existence
must develop upwards through differentiation by the
mind towards the divine. Thus man must strive to
direct his physical nature, his origins and his impulses
towards the spirit. The ultimate goal is union with God.
From "Meditation and Mankind,"
by Vladimir Lindenberg
Rider & Company, 1959
*Sankhya: One of the six schools of classical Indian
philosophy, dating from around the year 200.
To worship God in truth is to acknowledge Him to be what He is,
and ourselves as what in very fact we are.
To worship Him in truth
is to acknowledge with heart-felt sincerity what God in truth is --
that is, infinitely perfect, worthy of infinite adoration, infinitely
removed from sin, and so of all the Divine attributes...
From "The Practice of the Presence of God,"
by Brother Lawrence (1614-1691)
The Last Word:
God pardons like a mother, who kisses
the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)
Prominent Congregationalist clergyman & abolitionist
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Bengali, Hindu poet, musician, winner of Nobel Peace Prize for Literature
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