"I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done."
- Elisabeth Elliot
Love is absolute, it holds nothing back, it speaks, lives, grows, and pours out. To love, you must be willing to surrender your protection, desires, passions, and ultimately, your life. This is why it hurts so much when love is not returned, and this is why you are transformed when you love Christ.
"All your life, no one will be able to hold out against you. In the same way I was with Moses, I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage! You are going to lead this people to inherit the land that I promised to give their ancestors. Give it everything you have, heart and soul. Make sure you carry out The Revelation that Moses commanded you, every bit of it. Don’t get off track, either left or right, so as to make sure you get to where you’re going. And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”"
Joshua 1:5-9 (MSG)
I love the Lord, for He heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me,
the anguish of the grave came over me;
I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
The I called in the name of the Lord;
"Lord save me!"
The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the unwary;
when I was brought low He saved me.
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before the Lord
in the land of the living. "
"I could come up with countless reasons why things won’t work out for me, and only one reason why it will. This one reason triumphs everything else, and that reason is that God is for me. His plans for me are good, and in this thought, I place my hope."
I need God, and I do not need many things; but Him? I need Him daily. I need Christ when my morning is joyful, I need Him when my evenings are mournful. I need Him as I need nothing else, I need Him when I forget, and I need Him when I remember; I shall continue to need Him more, each and everyday, until the end.
— T.B. LaBerge
Isaiah 61:3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners
To become like Christ, this ordeal must be faced. You can be filled with joy even in the midst of suffering when your pursuit is character and not comfort.
— Uprising - Erwin McManus