In a life fed by the inner springs of divine love, we can go beyond the external demands of God’s law to its very heart. In this realm, we do not act from anger against others; we quickly reconcile ourselves to sisters and brothers with whom we have been in conflict; we speak our truth without exaggeration or distortion; out of sheer generosity of heart, we offer more to others than they can rightly claim; we love those who hate us and pray for those who misuse us. By grace we can live by a higher law than retribution, guided by spiritual principles that transcend common notions of human justice.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, The Way of Forgiveness Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ Series) (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
—Ephesians 3:18-19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, guide me to know and learn from my emotions: my anger, my fears, my grief, my joys, my love. Show me how to master them so that they will not master me.
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