Posts tagged ‘Song of Solomon’

May 2, 2014

843 Acres: Enduring When We Continue to Sin

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Song 7 (txt | aud, 1:58 min)
Heb 7 (txt | aud, 3:51 min)
Highlighted: Heb 7:25

Problem: Hebrews is a letter written to a group of Christians struggling to endure. After coming to faith several years ago, these Christians are beginning to realize that their confession of faith did not put an end to their troubles. Not only are they still being persecuted, they are also facing another problem—they are continuing to sin. Is there any hope?

Intercession: Priests in ancient Israel acted on behalf of the people by offering sacrifices and intercessory prayers. As the final high priest, Jesus offers prayers of intercession for his people: “He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Like the Christians who received this letter, we continue to sin, too. Therefore, we need Jesus to “always” intercede for us in the presence of God. He is our hope.

Friends: “To use a workplace metaphor,” comments the Theology of Work Project, “imagine the fear a young engineer might feel when he is called to meet the chief of the state highway department. What will he possibly say to her? Recognizing that the project he is working on is running late and over budget makes him more afraid. But then he learns that his supervisor, a beloved mentor, will also be at the meeting. And it turns out she is great friends with the chief of the highway department from their days back at university. ‘Don’t worry,’ the mentor assures the engineer, ‘I’ll take care of things.’ Won’t the young engineer have much greater confidence to approach the chief in the presence of her friend?”

Prayer: Lord, We confess that our works do not commend us to you—for we are always “running late and over budget”. Do not forgive us on the basis of our righteousness or goodness, but on the basis of Jesus, who always lives to make intercession for us. May our confessions be a sweet aroma to you—for his words about us are words of love before your throne. Amen.

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M’Cheyne Weekend Readings:

Saturday, May 3: Song 8 (txt | aud, 2:22 min) & Heb 8 (txt | aud, 2:09 min)
Sunday, May 4: Is 1 (txt | aud, 4:48 min) & Heb 9 (txt | aud, 4:20 min)

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May 1, 2014

843 Acres TBT: Longings After God

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Song 6 (txt | aud, 1:46 min)
Heb 6 (txt | aud, 2:37 min)

Song of Songs 6:1-3 

Others: Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?

She: My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies.

Longings After God from The Valley of Vision

My Dear Lord,

I can but tell thee that thou knowest I long for nothing but thyself, nothing but holiness, nothing but union with thy will. Thou hast given me these desires, and thou alone canst give me the thing desired. My soul longs for communion with thee, for mortification of indwelling corruption, especially spiritual pride. How precious it is to have a tender sense and clear apprehension of the mystery of godliness, of true holiness! What a blessedness to be like thee as much as it is possible for a creature to be like its Creator!

Lord, give me more of thy likeness; Enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness; Engage me to live more for thee. Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual experiences, and when I feel at ease after sweet communings, teach me it is far too little I know and do. Blessed Lord, let me climb up near to thee, and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with thee, and pant for deliverance from the body of sin, for my heart is wandering and lifeless, and my soul mourns to think it should ever lose sight of its Beloved.

Wrap my life in divine love, and keep me ever desiring thee, always humble and resigned to thy will, more fixed on thyself, that I may be more fitted for doing and suffering.

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April 30, 2014

843 Acres: Redeeming our Commute

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Song 5 (txt | aud, 2:38 min)
Heb 5 (txt | aud, 1:41 min)
Highlighted: Heb 5:8-9

Commuting: There are certain unwritten rules about taking the subway—do not talk to anyone, avoid eye contact, keep to yourself, do not touch anyone. It’s no wonder, then, why “commuting is associated with fewer positive emotions than any other common daily activity”—after all, we’re told to be alone when we’re smack dab in the middle of community. Can commuting be redeemed?

Guide: Jesus learned obedience—not because he disobeyed, but because he needed to experience suffering and temptation first-hand to qualify as our sympathetic high priest. [1] He needed to suffer in order to be made “perfect” for the job. As Hebrews says, “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.” [2] His learning, however, took place in an incarnate life, not a classroom. Jesus did not come as an anthropologist to learn about us in a detached way. He came into the fabric of our everyday lives, in the commonness of our humanity. [3]

Choice: Commuting is part of our ordinary, daily lives. When we commute, however, we get to choose whether we will see people or see through them. Recently, Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton reported in the New York Times Magazine on a study showing that those who talked with strangers had a more positive commuting experience than those who sat in solitude. They concluded,  “Rather than fall back on our erroneous belief in the pleasures of solitude, we could reach out to other people. At least, when we walk down the street, we can refuse to accept a world where people look at one another as though through air. When we talk to strangers, we stand to gain much more than the ‘me time’ we might lose.”

Prayer: Lord, In becoming incarnate, Jesus broke down the wall of solitude between us and you. He saw into us, not through us—becoming our high priest and sympathizing with us in our weaknesses. Although we often fear engaging with strangers, may we not fall back on the erroneous belief in the pleasures of solitude. May we smile at others, reaching out to them as you have reached out to us. Amen.

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[1] The full meaning of “perfect” is not only “flawless,” but also “complete”. | [2] Hebrews 5:8-9 ESV | [3] Theology of Work. “Hebrews.”

April 29, 2014

843 Acres: Tuesday Tweetables: Work and Rest

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Song 4 (txt | aud, 2:27 min)
Heb 4 (txt | aud, 2:16 min)
Highlighted: Heb 4:9,11

Discerning Brokenness

As we saw yesterday, we are like the Israelites – prone to wander and be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. goo.gl/6kWnl9

We hear the word, but “the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and it proves unfruitful.” #busy goo.gl/hWvoAh

When we rest, we experience our unsettling humanity. The hilarious, irreverent, philosopher-of-the-people @louisck explains: goo.gl/CLulhO

Imagining Redemption

God calls us to work and to rest: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.”

Our weekly rest points to our heavenly one: “There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God … Let us therefore strive to enter.” #Heb4

Our rest reminds us that our labor is not an endless cycle of drudgery leading nowhere but a purposeful activity marked by worship and rest.

Praying ACTS 

Lord, We #adore you that our work is not in vain and that you have given us the Sabbath as a signpost of your faithful work for us.

Yet we #confess that life in the present world involved difficult work. As Hebrews teaches, it is an arduous journey with joys and sorrows.

#Thank you for setting aside a weekly routine – six days of work and one day of rest – as an exercise in spiritual awareness.

When work is frustrating, remind us of brokenness and restoration. When it goes well, remind us of your work through us. #supplication

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April 28, 2014

843 Acres: Prone to Wander, Lord, We Feel It | 843 acres

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Song 3 (txt | aud, 1:40 )
Heb 3 (txt | aud, 2:10)

Exodus: When God rescued the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and led them through the Red Sea, they were full of celebration. With one voice, they sang, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously … The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” [1]Three days later, however, they complained about the way He gave them food and water. They said that they would rather be slaves again than depend on Him. Then, a few weeks later, they worshipped handmade idols, saying, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” [2] How did they fall away from the Lord so quickly?

Caution: Looking back on these events, the Psalmist warned, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts … when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. For forty years I loathed that generation and said, ‘They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways.” [3]Hundreds of years later, the writer of Hebrews quoted the Psalmist and expanded the message: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called, ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence to the end.” [4]

Gospel: The Hebrews were slaves to Egypt; we are slaves to sin. They were released by the plague of the firstborn son; we are released by the death of the firstborn son of God. On the cross, the work of God is on display far greater than during the Exodus. How much more, then, must we cling to belief!

Prayer: Lord, We confess that, like the Hebrews, we can turn quickly from celebration to sin. Yet we do not have the strength to endure in faith. Therefore, we beg you to increase our faith. As we look to the cross, help us to remember your work and to exhort one another daily so that we will not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we admit that we are prone to wander. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] Exodus 15:1, 2 ESV | [2] Exodus 32:4 ESV | [3] Psalm 95:7-11 ESV | [4] Hebrews 3:12-14 ESV

August 21, 2012

843 Acres Reader’s Choice: His Unrequited Love Never Stops

by Bethany

Reader’s Choice | This week and next, we’re featuring “Reader’s Choice” to promote our 843 new readers campaign. Different readers will share their favorite posts and why they liked them. We hope this blesses you … and perhaps encourages you to help us reach our goal!

Reader: Daniel Lee | Why I like this post: When someone loves you even when you refuse to love them back, you know they’ll love you no matter what. “[You're] a fool to love someone like me, a fool to suffer silently, but sometimes through your eyes I see ‘I’d rather be a fool’…And though time and time again I flee, I’m always glad to see you coming after me.” Song of Gomer, Michael Card.

843 Acres Reader’s Choice: His Unrequited Love Never Stops
Highlighted Text: Heb. 6:17-18
Full Text: Song 6Heb. 6

Rejecting | “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter,” said Charlie Brown, “quite like unrequited love” [1]. Sylvia Plath mourned it as a loss: “When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever” [2]. Goethe’s young Werther became seriously depressed when Charlotte didn’t love him back: “I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing” [3]. Miss Piggy advises patience: “Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs” [4].

Continuing | Although most of us know the feeling of unrequited love, we often forget that the Lord knows it, too. Under the old covenant, His people constantly rejected Him. As He lamented, “When Israel was a child, I loved him; out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away … I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love … My people are bent on turning away from me” [5]. Then, “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son … so that we might receive adoption as sons” [6]. But we betrayed and murdered him, too [7].

Convincing | Yet we do not worship a God who says, “I love you,” only when He knows that He’ll hear it back. He doesn’t shy away from expressing His love for His beloved. Instead, He speaks again and again – “in many times and in many ways” [8] – so that we will know and believe. His constant goal is to make sure that we know that we are co-heirs with Christ. As the writer of Hebrews put it, “When God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things [the promise and the oath], in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us” [9].

Prayer | Lord, You have demonstrated your love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us [10]. Thank you for not withholding your love from us and, instead, working to convince us that we are heirs of the promise and beneficiaries of the oath. Help us hold fast to our hope in Christ. Amen.

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More about Daniel:  Daniel Lee has lived in New York City for six years and works at Redeemer Presbyterian Church.  He has been reading the Park Forum blog for one year. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing sports.

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On the M’Cheyne reading plan, our reading today is Jeremiah 50 and Psalm 28-29.

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Footnotes

[1] Charles Schultz, Peanuts. Image: here.  |  [2] Elizabeth Sigmund, “Sylvia in Devon: 1962,” in Sylvia Plath: the Woman and the Work, edited by Edward Butscher (Dodd, Mead, 1977), p. 108.  |  [3] Goethe, Jjohann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther. New York: Random House, Inc., 1971.   |  [4] Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life. Seehere.  |  [5] Hosea 11:1-2, 4, 7 ESV |  [6] Gal. 4:4, 5 ESV  |  [7] See Acts 7:51-52Acts 2:23.  |  [8] Heb. 1:1 ESV  |  [9] Heb. 6:17-18 ESV  |  [10] Rom. 5:8 ESV

May 3, 2012

Being Enticed by the Love of God

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Song. 8:6-7
Full Text: Song. 8; Heb. 8

Happiness | Christopher Hitchens asked, “Why does such a belief [in an infinitely all-powerful and all-loving creator who saves and sustains his people] not make its adherents happy?” [1]. Those statements don’t annoy me; they challenge me. Every day, when I write these short reflections, I’m trying to fight for joy in our hearts. That’s why the tagline of The Park Forum is, “As the Park is to the City, so the Word is to Life,” and why our daily devotional blog is called, “843 Acres,” which is the size of Central Park. I agree with Hitchens – that Christians should have great joy. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “It is a Christian duty … for everyone to be as happy as he can” [2].

Passion | In the Song of Songs, the love of God for His people is almost embarrassing in its passion [3]. Then, it concludes, “Love is as strong as death … Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” [4]. In his sermon on Song of Songs 5:1, which reads, “Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love,” Jonathan Edwards preached about the love of God and our response to it. He said, “God has given every man a necessary desire for happiness; he unavoidably seeks it … and ‘tis in satisfying those gracious appetites wherein consists the happiness God designed him for” [5]. Yet he cautioned, “In this world, we all fall shamefully short; our appetites, our desires are miserably cold and languid in comparison of what they deserve of us. We ought therefore to our utmost to promote and increase them” [6]. How do we do that? Edwards recommended, “We ought to take all opportunities to lay ourselves in the way of enticement with respect to our gracious inclinations” [7]. In other words, we awaken our passion for God by hearing and reading the gospel. In this, we should never be moderate [8]. As Edwards wrote elsewhere, “There is no excess in our taking in this spiritual food. There is no such virtue as temperance in spiritual feasting” [9].

Prayer | Lord, You find our appetites for you too weak, not too strong. Forgive our languid desires. Lay us in the way of spiritual allurement, as we hear and read your Word. Make our desires unquenchable apart from your love alone. Awaken our souls so that, as the park is to the city, so the Word is to life. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] Christopher Hitchens. God Is Not Great: How Religions Poisons Everything. Hachette Book Group, 2007. Chapter 2: Religion Kills.  |  [2] C.S. Lewis. A Severe Mercy.  |  [3] Song of Songs is about the love between a man and a woman, but it ultimately points to the love of God for His people. See Eph. 5:32.  |  [4] Song. 8:6-7 ESV. Why is His love so great? Here are some reasons: It is everlasting and faithful (See Jer. 31:3; Hos. 2:16-20; Is. 54:8. Ex. 34:10). Even when we are scared to obey Him because we’re not sure what might happen if we do, He lovingly reminds us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5 ESV. See also Deut. 31:6). When He leads us through challenging circumstances, His motivation always is love (See Prov. 3:12; 2 Kings 18:9, 10; 2 Kings 25:8-11; Rom. 11). His love is righteous and just (Ps. 11:7; 33:5; 37:28; 45:7; 99:4; Is. 61:8). His love is free and gracious and merciful (Ex. 33:18, 19; Deut. 4:37; 10:15; Ez. 23: 16:15; Hos. 3:1). He gives us the desires of our hearts when we delight in Him (Ps. 37:4). We find exceeding joy and unending pleasure in Him (Ps. 43:4; 16:11). He forgives our sin, offers us salvation and access to Him through Jesus, gives us new hearts that incline toward Him and leads us into eternal life (Eph. 2:10 and Tit. 2:14). Truly, He is greater than the greatest treasure (Job. 22:25).  |  [5] The Puritan Pulpit: Jonathan Edwards, 1703-1758. Sermon 13: “Spiritual Appetites Need No Bounds.” pp. 230-231.  |  [6] Id. 231. If you’re familiar with C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses, he wrote similarly, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”   |  [7] Id. at 234  |  [8] The old saying, “Everything in moderation,” is untrue when applies to our pursuit of God.  |  [9] Jonathan Edwards, “The Spiritual Blessings of the Gospel Represented by a Feast,” in The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 14, Sermons and Discourses, 1723-1729, ed. Kenneth Minkema (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1997), 286.

May 1, 2012

His Unrequited Love Never Stops

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Heb. 6:17-18
Full Text: Song 6; Heb. 6

Rejecting | “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter,” said Charlie Brown, “quite like unrequited love” [1]. Sylvia Plath mourned it as a loss: “When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever” [2]. Goethe’s young Werther became seriously depressed when Charlotte didn’t love him back: “I have so much, and without her it all comes to nothing” [3]. Miss Piggy advises patience: “Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs” [4].

Continuing | Although most of us know the feeling of unrequited love, we often forget that the Lord knows it, too. Under the old covenant, His people constantly rejected Him. As He lamented, “When Israel was a child, I loved him; out of Egypt I called my son. The more they were called, the more they went away … I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love … My people are bent on turning away from me” [5]. Then, “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son … so that we might receive adoption as sons” [6]. But we betrayed and murdered him, too [7].

Convincing | Yet we do not worship a God who says, “I love you,” only when He knows that He’ll hear it back. He doesn’t shy away from expressing His love for His beloved. Instead, He speaks again and again – “in many times and in many ways” [8] – so that we will know and believe. His constant goal is to make sure that we know that we are co-heirs with Christ. As the writer of Hebrews put it, “When God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things [the promise and the oath], in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us” [9].

Prayer | Lord, You have demonstrated your love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us [10]. Thank you for not withholding your love from us and, instead, working to convince us that we are heirs of the promise and beneficiaries of the oath. Help us hold fast to our hope in Christ. Amen.

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[1] Charles Schultz, Peanuts. Image: here.  |  [2] Elizabeth Sigmund, “Sylvia in Devon: 1962,” in Sylvia Plath: the Woman and the Work, edited by Edward Butscher (Dodd, Mead, 1977), p. 108.  |  [3] Goethe, Jjohann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther. New York: Random House, Inc., 1971.   |  [4] Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life. See: here.  |  [5] Hosea 11:1-2, 4, 7 ESV |  [6] Gal. 4:4, 5 ESV  |  [7] See Acts 7:51-52; Acts 2:23.  |  [8] Heb. 1:1 ESV  |  [9] Heb. 6:17-18 ESV  |  [10] Rom. 5:8 ESV

April 30, 2012

Why should we take care how we hear?

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Heb. 5:11
Full Text: Song. 5; Heb. 5

Noises | Horns honking, people yelling, jackhammers pounding, ambulances screaming – these are the sounds of New York … and usually right outside our windows at 7:00 am! According to the New York Academy of Medicine, the noise of Manhattan is putting New Yorkers at risk of hearing loss. Most of us, however, hardly notice the crowds and chaos anymore. Yet Columbia Professor Robyn Gershon cautions, “That’s the problem with noise. It sneaks up on you. It’s a hidden hazard and a hidden health outcome” [1].

Ears | This was a problem in the early church. Although God had spoken by the prophets “at many times and in many ways” and by the Son “in these last days” [2], the new believers were already letting the gospel go in one ear and out the other. They were satisfied with a superficial knowledge of the gospel and were failing to work out its truths into their lives. As the writer of Hebrews lamented, “We have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing” [3].

Growth | As a result of their dull hearing, even though they had been Christians for years, they were acting like babies. They were still eating baby food and living “unskilled in the word of righteousness” [4]. Their spiritual growth was stunted because they weren’t receiving the nutrition they needed. What was that nutrition? The daily practice of applying the gospel to their lives: “Solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil” [5].

Prayer | Lord, Forgive our dull hearing. Some of us have become so accustomed to hearing your word that the joy of living it out has lost its hold on our hearts. As a result, our love and faith have grown stunted. O Lord, knowing that Jesus told us to “take care” [6] how we hear, we pray that you would help us to receive the word actively, not passively, so that your word does not become ineffective in our lives and so that we can grow in discernment and obedience in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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[1] Samantha Gross. “New York City noise may be deafening.” 26 October 2010.  |  [2] See Heb. 1:1-2. See also 843 Acres, “Have you ever longed for God to speak?” 26 April 2012.  |  [3] Heb. 5:11 ESV (italicized because it is the Highlighted Text of the day)  |  [4] Heb. 5:13 ESV  |  [5] Heb. 5:14 ESV  |  [6] In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus emphasized the importance of paying attention to how we hear.  He told of a sower who dropped seed in four different soils, each resulting in different yields.  Jesus explained that the seed was the Word of God and the different soils were the people who heard it.  What accounted for the different yields was not whether they heard the Word, but how they heard it:“Take care then how you hear …” (Luke 8:18, ESV).

April 27, 2012

Why Enduring in Love Is Worth It

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Heb. 2:1
Full Text: Song 2; Heb. 2

Virtue | A persistent theme in Paul’s letters is love. Yet he doesn’t speak of love as a feeling that comes naturally; he speaks of it as a virtue to be pursued. N.T. Wright observes, “At every single point in Paul’s catalogue of what love does, and what love doesn’t do, we want to say, ‘Yes, I see what you mean. However, left to my own inclinations, I would be small-minded, unkind, jealous, fussy, puffed up, shameless … there are some things I wouldn’t bear, many things I wouldn’t believe, several things I wouldn’t be able to hope for, and a whole multitude that I wouldn’t endure. Left to myself, doing what comes naturally, I would fail.’ But the point of love is that it doesn’t. That is why love is a virtue” [1].

Endure | Hebrews was written to believers who had been Christians for several years and needed encouragement to persevere in love and faith. The writer exhorts, “Therefore” – since God has spoken decisively and completely through Jesus[2]“we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” [3]. In other words, “Do not neglect your great salvation! Pay attention to Jesus! Do not stop loving God and others!” [4]

Learn | Those of us who are not naturally loving people can be encouraged to know that love is a virtue to be pursued. Wright reflects, “[Love] is a language to be learned, a musical instrument to be practiced, a mountain to be climbed via some steep and tricky cliff paths” [5]. Yet, he argues, pursuing love is worth it: “It is one of the things that will last; one of the traits of character which provides a genuine anticipation of that complete humanness we are promised at the end. And it is one of the things, therefore, which can be anticipated in the present on the basis of the future goal, the telos, which is already given in Jesus Christ. It is part of the future which can be drawn down into the present” [6].

Prayer | Lord, You are love [7] and, in Christ, you are making us to be loving people by your Spirit. Thank you for promising to continue working in us until the day of Christ because, honestly, that’s how long it will take! As we confess that we are prone to wander, we ask you to give us endurance in our love and faith [8]. Amen.

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Footnotes

[1] Wright, N. T. (2010-02-14). After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (pp. 182-183). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition. For more information on N.T. Wright, see: here.  |  [2] See Heb. 1. See also 843 Acres, “Have you ever longed for God to speak?” 26 April 2012; John Piper, “In These Last Days, God Has Spoken by a Son.” 31 March 1996.  |  [3] Heb. 2:1 ESV |  [4] See Heb. 2:3  |  [5] Id. at 1.  |  [6] Id. at 1.  |  [7] See 1 John 4:8.  |  [8] There is a great verse in Robert Robinson’s hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (1758) that encourages endurance: “O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.”

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