REMAIN IN HIM
1 John 2:26-3:3
There are times when God takes away the consolations [def, def]. Other times—maybe most times—we take them away ourselves. We hurry too much. We fill our lives with things urgent and necessary. We surround ourselves with noise and people and tasks. We willfully neglect the rest commanded for our own good.
The command to remain in him is not one that requires struggle. Rather, it is a command that requires we give up struggling. To remain is to trust that our life really is in him and to act accordingly. The results—the consolations—are left in his hands. We simply place ourselves in his care.
From this place of remaining, we have the courage and boldness to stand and speak the truth so that the church and the world may hear. We are safe. We can stand and speak, knowing it is IMPOSSIBLE for any ultimate harm to come to us.
God, give me the grace to continually put myself back in the place of remaining, to stop struggling and rest, so that I may stand and speak without fear.
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