1 Jn 4:11 – 18
Beloved, if God has shewn such love to us, we too must love one another. No man has ever seen God; but if we love one another, then we have God dwelling in us, and the love of God has reached its full growth in our lives. This is our proof that we are dwelling in him, and he in us; he has given us a share of his own Spirit. We apostles have seen for ourselves, and can testify, that the Father sent out his Son to be the redeemer of the world, and where a man acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God; we have learned to recognize the love God has in our regard, to recognize it, and to make it our belief. God is love; he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. That our life in the world should be like his, means that his love has had its way with us to the full, so that we can meet the day of judgement with confidence. Love has no room for fear; and indeed, love drives out fear when it is perfect love, since fear only serves for correction. The man who is still afraid has not yet reached the full measure of love.
… now he spoke to them; Take courage, he said…
In Conversation with God:
The ordinary life of a man among his fellows is not something dull and uninteresting. It is there that the Lord wants the vast majority of his children to achieve sanctity…
… Jesus loved his daily work and taught us to love ours, for, if we do not, it is impossible to sanctify it. For when one does not love work, it is not possible to find any other kind of satisfaction in it, no matter how one tries to turn to something else.
Jesus says, “Take courage.” ‘Courage’ comes from the Latin cor, heart. There is no room for fear in love; love is the courage to act, to do something good.
… give me Your eyes for just one second, give me Your eyes so i can see everything that i keep missing, give me Your love for humanity, give me Your arms for the brokenhearted… give me Your heart for the ones forgotten…