If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 ESV
Martin Luther defined sin as the heart turned inward on itself. John Wesley would later describe holiness as the heart turned outward toward God and others. This transformation is only possible through the inner working of the Holy Spirit.
Do you hunger for more of the Spirit? I do. I read Wesley’s description of his heart being “strangely warmed,” and I want more of that. I read how the old revivalists experienced what they could only describe as “waves of liquid love.” I long for that. But I should ever just seek an experience of the Holy Spirit for myself. I should continually be an experience of the Holy Spirit for others. His presence is alive in me and the proof of that is not in mountain top moments, but in everyday acts of love. We are monasteries, sacred spaces where we cultivate a deep well of intimacy with the Spirit. And we are missionaries, with hearts turned outward in holy love for God and others.
COME HOLY SPIRIT. Transform our hearts and turn them outward to God and others.
Many thanks to The Rev’d Matt Leroy and his Devotional Countdown
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