Detangling

Posted on 2007-01-12. Filed under: Thoughts |

Immortal Heat, O let thy greater flame

Attract the lesser to it: let those fires,

Which shall consume the world, first make it tame;

And kindle in our hearts such true desires,

As may consume our lusts, and make thee way.

Then shall our hearts pant thee. (George Herbert, Love)

 

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As our soul grows in the love of God and journeys forth toward him, our heart’s capacities also grow and expand… But the sword cuts both ways. While our heart grows in its capacity for pleasure, it grows in its capacity to know pain, The two go hand in hand. What, then, shall we do with disappointment?We can be our own enemy, depending on how we handle the heartache that comes with desire. To want is to suffer… This is why many Christians are reluctant to listen to their hearts: They know that their dullness is keeping them from feeling the pain of life. Many of us have chosen simply not to want so much; it’s safer that way. It’s also godless. That’s stoicism, not Christianity. Sanctification is an awakening, the rousing of our souls from the dead sleep of sin into the fullness of their capacity for life. … I can let it [pain caused by those we love] be a reminder that a day is coming when we will all live in perfect love. I can let the ache lead me deeper into my heart and higher toward heaven. And this is where memory comes in. Desire keeps us moving forward; memory keeps us moving in the right direction. … Sometimes, we need to lose the very things that have brought us a taste of the Romance in order for our heart to move toward the real thing. Otherwise they become a false transcendence. The mose unredemptive kind of remembering is what many people call “nostalgia.”The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis & John Eldredge

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Hebrews 12:1-3: Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

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Today, I see that I can be free. The turmoil is OK – it is part and parcel of living in this world. I will rest and abide in God. He can meet my needs.

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