May we desire to join with one another in what is common ground. We can waste time on what appears to be different, which will only cause more separation (pain and hurt). Unitive goals return us to our oneness in God. May we join in love and peace today. Rejoice in rebirth!
3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard andkeep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
4 [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—
5[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.
Dear Divine Father/Mother~God~cause us to experience your beauty that is before us now. May the scales of resentments, prejudice and fear fall from our sight. Your love encompasses everything!
“I, the fiery life of divine essence, am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon and stars ... I awaken everything to life.” — Hildegard von Bingen, Liber Divinorum (Book of Divine Works)
All healthy decisions are born from truth. God's Holy Spirit is always moving and breathing us into alignment with truth (prayer and meditation~vital component!).
A decision is only that "a decision" until the next step is an action that carries out the decision. For example if we decide to go to Church, the next step is the action of actually going to Church (Physical action). Therefore making a decision is a first step towards the next step which is into action.
Lord~cause us right decisions in all areas of our life and breath us into effortless actions that manifest the decisions~Amen
It is the application of spiritual principles that are vital for spiritual freedom. Intellectual understanding of spiritual information and principles will always fall short. When we live "by" spiritual truth in it's practice, we are free. Self knowledge will fall short as well. Our greatest growth is in the surrender to the spiritual truth and "demonstrating" it.
John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Repent~renew~restore! We are set free when our inner soul has been cleansed through Christ. The Holy Spirit is made alive and manifest through this Holy transformation. It is done-acceptance of this is vital (1Peter 2:24)
But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
Vigilance for God's Kingdom (intimacy in personal relationship with God) is vital to stability and soundness of mind. Ask with the heart. Mean it, and it is done.
8 Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
9 Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world.
When we experience guilt it affords us a fertile ground for spiritual awakening, because it will force us to do deeper spiritual work. Often we are under a delusion that someone else wants to guilt us, this is not so because we do not have to breathe that in. We are not victims of outer conditions or people. Some times when guilt crops up it may be because deep down inside our motives are incorrect in the first place. When we are truly in alignment with God's "will" there can be "NO" guilt. To repent is to do the about face and turn from the dark to Christ light which through confession sets us free indeed.
Love never temps it merely upholds truth
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.