contemplative monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Our Sacred Journey ~ It’s Progress, not Perfection

 

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Our spiritual journey is a process of progress not perfection. Leave the perfection up to God.

You see, when we receive Jesus, we receive eternal life. We don’t earn it. It isn’t a gift reserved for us when we die. Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. Face it. We’re never going to get it perfect in our broken, fallen world, but Jesus did, and he did it for us.

Our job is to dwell in Jesus and work out what God has worked within us. This is what spiritual discipline is all about…Allowing the Holy Spirit to grow the eternal life of God in our lives. We can choose to limit or expand what God does in our lives.

So for us, our spiritual life is about making progress, day by day, not a matter of getting it perfect.

As God is love, love is the determining factor of God’s work. Everything else: Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control grow together in Love as one fruit, one expression, the character of God. Everything else follows or flows out of God’s love for and through us.

Everything else follows or flows out of God’s love for and through us.

Jesus fulfilled the whole law and gives us only one, a  New Commandment : to “love each other just as He loves us.” This is the evidence the world sees that we are Jesus disciples.

Spirituality is always an inside-out process. It’s the out working of God’s love for us through Jesus Christ.

Love is the preeminent evidence of God’s eternal life within us.

And getting this worked out into our lives is a spiritual process, not getting it perfect out the gate.

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And now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.  ~ Amen

 

Photo by Bob Holmes

 

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