Keep the Faith

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“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich

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John 16:32-33

“Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

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The gospel of John was likely written around the year 100.

It is mostly a theological teaching about Jesus after there had been many years to digest and process all that had happened.

We can each place ourselves in the shoes of the followers who Jesus told would be scattered to their homes and would leave Jesus alone.

We all can relate to abandoning him.

It’s tough to live out the gospel that Jesus proclaimed.

It calls us to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned (Matthew 25:31-40).

It calls us to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9) and to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).

I promise you, if you do these things, you will be persecuted.

But as Jesus said in today’s scripture, “In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Jesus didn’t conquer in the sense of a military victory.

He conquered the world in the sense that he showed us that persecution and death do not have the final say.

Walking the path of love will not end in death but will lead to transformation.

New life follows.

All struggles, if entered into with compassion and integrity, will result in transformation and new life.

This is the process God is using to continue creation.

It is also the process God is using to bring about what Jesus called the kingdom of God here on Earth.

The power of Love is alive and well!

This Love is “in which we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28), as St. Paul put it.

God is in all and through all.

In this knowledge, receive the peace of God “that surpasses all understanding and will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

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Listen to the song of the day “Mercy Reigns” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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