“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:12-15 KJV).
“The power of a higher, purer, nobler life is our great need. The world has too much of our thought, and the kingdom of heaven too little.
“In his efforts to reach God’s ideal for him, the Christian is to despair of nothing. Moral and spiritual perfection, through the grace and power of Christ, is promised to all. Jesus is the source of power, the fountain of life. He brings us to His word, and from the tree of life presents to us leaves for the healing of sin-sick souls. He leads us to the throne of God, and puts into our mouth a prayer through which we are brought into close contact with Himself. In our behalf He sets in operation the all-powerful agencies of heaven. At every step we touch His living power.” AA 478.1 – 478.2
“The nature of the atmosphere surrounding your soul will be either earthly or heavenly. Resolve that you will breathe a heavenly atmosphere. Talk of the preciousness of the truth, or the love and power of God, and be a channel of blessing to others.” EA 52.2
Blessed Father in Heaven, Thank You for presenting to us the level to which we must reach to find true freedom in living a life of holiness. Please grant us the divine nature that we might rightly reflect Your Son Jesus. It is in His name I pray with thanksgiving. Amen.
NOTE: These devotionals began as daily texts to encourage my academy roommate and dear friend of nearly 50 years, until she suddenly passed a few weeks ago (Feb 2023). Now I continue to send them to her family in honor of their mom and to you. First, I pray and look for a Bible verse or passage and find a suitable commentary (or vice versa) and add a prayer. Some days, only a Scripture and prayer are ordered. I might even add a song. If you agree to receive them, then this way I not only honor God but the memory of a very dear friend whom I desperately miss. My personal prayer is that God will bless me to find ways to multiply this blessing. So please feel free to forward to your loved ones or to anyone as God leads you. I’m calling them Barb’s Devotionals.