Today’s Word and Prayers (W. A. P.)
Do you listen to Jesus’ words as if your life depended on it?
Friends, Jesus made a claim which only God can make – “if any one keeps my word, he will never see death.” “It means nothing less than he saw another death from which he came to free us – the second death, eternal death, the death of hell, the death of the damned, which is shared with the devil and his angels! This is the real death; the other kind of death is only a passage” (St. Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 AD; explains this verse from John 8:51 in Tractates on the Gospel of John 43.10-11).
When God established a relationship with Abraham, he offered him an unbreakable “everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7). Jesus came to fulfill that covenant so that we could know the living God and be united with him both now and for all eternity. God made us to know him and to be united with him and he gives us the gift of faith and understanding so that we may grow in the knowledge of what he has accomplished for us through his Son, Jesus Christ. “The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.”
Lord Jesus, let your word be on my lips and in my heart that I may walk in the freedom of your everlasting love, truth and goodness. Amen. Good morning and have a luminous Thursday!
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