The measure of love

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – The measure of love

If God is love then it would make sense that how much we love is dependant on how much we allow ourselves to live within God. The more we except this the more he lives within us the more we love. So the measure of our love is how much we accept the love of God.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

This really is the core of everything for me, how loveable I think I am as a posed to believing that God loves me beyond my comprehension. This is a work in progress, inch by inch my belief in his love increases but it feels so slow at times. This is me not God that does this restrictive practice. I am just going to do something very simple today and put up reminders that God loves me so I don’t forget. Inch by inch I repeat and accept.

1 John 4:7-16

My dear people,
let us love one another
since love comes from God
and everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Anyone who fails to love can never have known God,
because God is love.
God’s love for us was revealed
when God sent into the world his only Son
so that we could have life through him;
this is the love I mean:
not our love for God,
but God’s love for us when he sent his Son
to be the sacrifice that takes our sins away.
My dear people,
since God has loved us so much,
we too should love one another.
No one has ever seen God;
but as long as we love one another
God will live in us
and his love will be complete in us.
We can know that we are living in him
and he is living in us
because he lets us share his Spirit.
We ourselves saw and we testify
that the Father sent his Son
as saviour of the world.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
God lives in him, and he in God.
We ourselves have known and put our faith in
God’s love towards ourselves.
God is love
and anyone who lives in love lives in God,
and God lives in him.

The feminine aspect

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – The feminine aspect

God has no gender even though we call him father and is a father, he has all genders and wisdom appears to be a feminine aspect. Caring, supportive, protective, strong, wisdom delivers us all the promises of God and perhaps, irrespective of our own gender identity, there is the need to accept this feminine aspect that draws us closer to God. Wisdom, you are beautiful.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I really wound like to take off my rough edges, soften my harshness and love more tenderly. I have been drawn to Mary Magdalene lately and I find her tenderness, faith and compassion very attractive and inspiring. I am not sure how to attain some of her qualities but in the first instance perhaps what I can do is simply pray to her, Wisdom and Mother Mary for teaching me their ways. I never thought that I have many feminine aspects but I think that it would be good for my being to develop some. Let’s see how I go with it today.

Prayer

Lord,
Teach me about wisdom
Let me have a heart and desire for her
Mary Madelene, teach me your ways of compassion and tender love.
Amen

Ecclesiasticus 15:1-6

Whoever fears the Lord will act like this,
and whoever grasps the Law will obtain wisdom.
She will come to meet him like a mother,
and receive him like a virgin bride.
He will lean on her and will not fall,
he will rely on her and not be put to shame.

She will raise him high above his neighbours,
and in full assembly she will open his mouth.
He will find happiness and a crown of joy,
he will inherit an everlasting name.

Fearless love

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Fearless love

By telling the Pharisees this hard hitting truth of their actions followed up with the way to improve, Jesus is adding yet another reason for them to persecute Him. He calls them out knowing that it might lead to his own pain and suffering then still loves them. This message of truth is everlasting and Jesus leaves it for all humanity even if it doesn’t make a difference at that time. This is true love a fearless love.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I want to give up on playing my part in transforming peoples thinking and behaviours because of the pain it is causing. Jesus is telling me not to give up because even if I cant see the impact now, who’s to say that it will not make a difference in the future. I have to be fearless in my loving and I can only do this by living within Jesus and the father. Time to get back to it and change my defeated attitude.

Prayer:

Lord,
I can only do this with you,
I am incapable of doing by myself.
Teach me more about your fearless love, guide and protect me.
May your spirit of love shine everywhere and use me if you wish.
Amen

Matthew 23:23-26

Jesus said: ‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who pay your tithe of mint and dill and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the Law – justice, mercy, good faith! These you should have practised, without neglecting the others. You blind guides! Straining out gnats and swallowing camels!
‘Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You who clean the outside of cup and dish and leave the inside full of extortion and intemperance. Blind Pharisee! Clean the inside of cup and dish first so that the outside may become clean as well.’

What does Jesus see in me

What does Jesus see in me

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – What does Jesus see in me

Jesus declares Nathanaels great gift of being incapable of deceit. He sees through everything external, distils all the big and little things and brings to the light His greatest gift. Along with Jesus seeing other things in Nathanael that no one could possibly know, it shocks Nathanael to the core. It is at this point he realises that God sees everything, that Jesus sees everything, that Jesus is the Christ. I wonder what Jesus sees in me.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

What is my great gift? What’s the one great thing that Jesus might say about me if he walked up to me right now? This is hard because how I see myself is completely different to how Jesus sees me and when I try to answer the question there is an immediate internal battle of false humility. Today I am going to discuss this topic with my spiritual partner and see what comes to the surface.

Prayer:

Lord,
To see myself as you see me would be amazing.
You bring all things to the light, help me to be open and observant.
You treat the broken hearted, treat me.
Fill me Jesus.
Amen

John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the prophets wrote: he is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.’ ‘From Nazareth?’ said Nathanael ‘Can anything good come from that place?’ ‘Come and see’ replied Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, ‘There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.’ ‘How do you know me?’ said Nathanael. ‘Before Philip came to call you,’ said Jesus ‘I saw you under the fig tree.’ Nathanael answered, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.’ Jesus replied, ‘You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ And then he added ‘I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’

It’s never too late

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – It’s never too late

Two things here, be happy to be called to the presence of God and be happy for others to be called no matter when that is for it is never too late. Be hopeful for others to receive the grace, pray for them, rejoice for if you know what it feels like to be with God then you will be nothing but happy for both yourselves and for others. It’s never too late to come to God.
After thought – If you have come to God and wonder away, it’s never too late to come back again for he never turns you away.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I have not quite lost hope for reconciliation with two of my loved ones but I have become somewhat ambivalent about the possibility. God is generous, his timing is not my timing and it can happen at any given moment so what is my part in it if any? In addition, there are others [everyone actually] that I would like to see be untied with God. I have stopped praying for this over the last few days so I must be really intentional, disciplined and deliberate about this and never stop.

Prayer:

Lord,
I pray that all the people on my list encounter your love.
Open their hearts and ears so that they can receive you.
I pray for nothing but your love
Amen

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’